Flower in Focus: Sunflowers (Helianthus)

Flower in Focus: Sunflowers (Helianthus)

Bring a warm glow to every season with a bright flower bouquet. Sunflower arrangements manifest a sunny day vibe under a cloudy sky or send light beaming into the corners of a dark room just by putting them in a vase. Aside from their obvious name, sunflowers make up the Helianthus family. The name comes from the Greek words Helios which means sun and anthus which means flower, bloom, or blossom.

Gulbaan is proud to source and offer these beautiful blooms locally round the year from our partner farms.

The Natural Aesthetic of Sunflowers

The sunflower’s central bloom is actually made up of tiny flowers in a pattern. It may look like a solid, circular surface from afar. But up close those inner rings of flowers are really an intricate natural design of small blooms. Flowers in the center of the bloom grow in a mathematical pattern called the golden ratio (Fibonacci ratio). Even though the “golden ratio” is named for a person, this natural pattern shows up all over the place in nature including pinecones, artichokes and flowers in the sunflower family like daisies and poms. Outside of sunflower arrangements, this natural design allows them to complement a broad range of unique flower bouquets.

Because of their natural growth pattern, bright color and size, sunflower arrangements often include blooms that add contrast or transition in color or shape. Blooms like roses add an offset pattern, sharing center stage with the sunflowers. Blooms in the same flower family like daisies add volume while focusing on the beauty of the sunflower. That’s why the nominees for best supporting flowers are smaller like asters and chrysanthemums. Sunflowers simply can’t be “eclipsed” by other flowers, it’s in their nature.

A Lot to Love About Sunflowers

Sunflowers can clean soil: like cottonwood and poplar trees, sunflower fields can clean heavy metals and contaminants from soil.

Seeds: The sunflower seed isn’t just one of our favorite healthy snacks, it has a wealth of uses including cooking oil and biofuel.

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