The Sunflower, folklore says they are a symbol of good luck.
When we see a sunflower, because of its size of the flower and height of the plant, it does catch your attention. This imposing plant, with its large sun like bloom balancing on its tall slender stalk, normally 7 to 8 feet in height, is a master at reproduction. Each sunflower’s head is made of smaller flowers. The petals around the outside are called ray florets, and they cannot reproduce. But the disc florets in the middle, where the seeds develop, have both male and female sex organs, and each produce a seed. They can self-pollinate or take pollen blown by the wind or carried by visiting insects.
They originated in the Americas, and were cultivated in Mexico and Peru as far back as 3000 BC. Their seeds are rich source of oils and good health properties; vitamin E, vitamin B1, manganese, selenium, phosphorus, magnesium, vitamin B6, folate and niacin. The Spanish explorers brought them to Europe in the c1500’s inspiring Greek Mythology and the Russian Royals. It became the national flower of the Ukraine.