I snapped this wonderful photo of Phyllis in Santa Barbara last year. I couldn’t believe how tall these sunflowers grew! They are my favorite flower. I always have to buy them because I have never been successful with growing them.
Did you know that sunflowers got their name from their resemblance to the sun? Here are some facts you might not have know about these amazing flowers:
- The sunflower is the state flower of the US state of Kansas.
- The sunflower is often used as a symbol of green ideology.
- The sunflower is also the symbol of the Vegan Society.
- During the late 19th century, the flower was used as the symbol of the Aesthetic Movement.
- Subject of Van Gogh‘s most famous still life, Sunflowers
- The sunflower is the national flower of Peru, Russia, and Ukraine.
- The sunflower was chosen as the symbol of the Spiritualist Church for many reasons, but mostly because it turns toward the sun as “Spiritualism turns toward the light of truth”. Modern Spiritualists often have art or jewelry with sunflower designs.
- Starting from February 2010, Kuban Airlines of Russia painted part of its fleet in a new livery featuring enormous sunflowers.