Feature Flower for October - Sunflower
Fall is a wonderful time of year with it's beautiful colors. Orange, red and yellow are fun and vibrant and work together so well in floral design. This made it very difficult for me to select a flower to feature this month. Well as you can probably already tell I chose the sunflower. Why? Well sunflowers are available in all three of the great fall colors!
Common Name: Sunflower
Botanical Name: Helianthus annuus
There 38 species of perennial sunflower native to North America. The sunflower got its name from its bright, cheery blooms, whose shape and image is often used to depict the sun. The sunflower has a rough, hairy stem, broad, coarsely toothed, rough leaves and circular heads of flowers. What is usually called the "flower" on a mature sunflower is actually a "flower head" (also known as a "composite flower") of numerous florets, (small flowers) crowded together. The flower head can range in size with larger flower heads in the summer. Miniature sized varieties are also available.
From the Americas, sunflower seeds were brought to Europe in the 16th century, where, along with sunflower oil, they became a widespread cooking ingredient. Sunflower leaves can be used as cattle feed, while the stems contain a fiber which may be used in paper production.
Sunflowers are available year round and are very affordable. They can add that sunny pop that your fall bouquet needs or make a stunning bouquet all on their own.
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Faye K.-Owner/Designer at Blooming Envy since 2005.