queen of the summer flowers
Radiant as the sun, the sunflower shows off its stunning flowers. The
sunflower (Helianthus) is quite rightly called queen of summer flowers. Not
only does the flower resemble the sun. It actually looks as if it has absorbed
the sun's power. It is bursting with solar energy! Each flower consists of
hundreds of tube-shaped florets arranged in a fascinating pattern of
intersecting spirals. The heart is surrounded by radiant yellow petals,
responsible for the sunny effect. In addition to the famous yellow sunflower,
there are also orange, brown and dark red varieties.
Helianthus belongs to the composite family (Compositae). The name
Helianthus is derived from the Greek word helios, which means sun. The
sunflower originates from North America. It is an annual plant that can reach a
considerable size. The highest sunflower ever measured was seven metres tall!
In summer, the sunflower blossoms with one or more imposing blooms. When the
blooms are left in the field, the flower heads fill up with sunflower seeds,
which birds simply love. Sunflowers are also grown for the production of
sunflower oil, which is pressed from the seeds.
Care tips for Helianthus
Helianthus is available throughout the year. Supply is greatest from
June to October. Both flowers and flower heads are highly decorative. For
bouquets with Helianthus the usual care tips apply: cut off a section of the
stems, remove the lower foliage and place the stems in clean water with