Monday, 22 October 2012

Flower of the Week


Common Name: Sun Flower

Botanical Name: Helianthus

Colours: Bright Yellow but can sometimes come in pale yellow and deep orange or red.

Origin: USA

The Sun flower is a strikingly large daisy like flower and belongs to the Aster family. They are recognised from their large brown centre with bright yellow petals. The centre is actually made up of hundreds of tiny flowers arranged in a spiral pattern which will eventually turn into seeds and can then be used for sunflower seeds and sunflower oil. Its botanical name Helianthus comes from the Greek words 'Helios' which means sun and 'anthus' meaning flower. Sunflowers are also one of the tallest flowers and can grow to an astonishing 20 feet however the average sunflower will grow between 5 and 10 feet tall. They are a very popular cut flower and extremely versatile. Sunflowers are quite heavy so are perfect for arrangements and bouquets but can also be used in wedding work too. Check out this beautiful sunflower bouquet we did for a bride last year.

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