Sun…..and the flower….

Repost from Jan 12, 2007

I happen to LOVE this flower since childhood- I capture the beauty of the lovely Sunflower here on the blog….. is it not such a lovely flower? All smiles….. all sunny and bright….. 🙂
To make a sunflower screen








Some basic info ’bout the flower:

Helianthus annus

Family: Asteraceae

Sunflower Plants
Location:

  • native to North America
Characteristics:

  • can grow 5-20 feet tall
  • juice is watery, not milky
Sunflower Leaf
Leaves:

  • irregular teeth
  • rounded base and pointed tip

Flower and Fruit

  • bright yellow with black centers
  • nutritious seeds are produced in the center of the flower
Sunflower
Uses:
The pithy stalks can be used to make a hand drill, useful for igniting a pile of tinder. The inner pulp of the stalk made both fast-burning candles (if broken into pieces and strung on a string) and chewing gum. A wide array of colors of dye can be obtained from the sunflower, including gray, green, orange, tan, purple and yellow, result from combining different plant parts with various mordant

The sunflower (Helianthus annuus) is anannual plant in the Family Asteraceae with a large flower head (inflorescence). The stem of the flower can grow up to 3 metres tall, with the flower head reaching 30cm in diameter. The sunflower is notable for turning to face the Sun, a behavior known as heliotropism.

History
Sunflowers are native to the Americas, and were domesticated around 1000 B.C. Francisco Pizarro found the Inca subjects venerating the sunflower as an image of their sun god, and gold images of the “flower” as well as seeds were taken back to Europe early in the 16th century. Helianthus is from the Greek for “sunflower”. In French, they are called “tournesol”, and in Italian, “girasole.”

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