The sunflower is not the rarest flower, but it’s still a beautiful symbol of power for many people. In many ways, it’s more powerful in what it symbolizes because it is easy to grow in your backyard or a patio container.
What Does the Sunflower Mean?
The sunflower has developed unique meanings across the world as it spreads in the modern age, but many cultures share similar views of the flower thanks to its physical characteristics. Some of the most common meanings include:
Long life, mainly since most varieties stand in full bloom for months on end during the hottest days of summer
Feelings of adoration, admiration, and platonic love towards a person, such as a family member or friend
Loyalty and strong bonds between two people, as represented by the strong and upright stem
Seeking out positivity and strength, as the bloom turns to face the sun
Nourishing yourself and others, since the sunflower produces an abundance of edible seeds
Brightening your mood, through the vibrancy of the yellow or orange petals
Good luck and lasting happiness, especially in the Chinese culture
Etymological Meaning of the Sunflower
The English name for the Sunflower is quite literal and taken from its bright sun-like appearance. Its scientific name, Helianthus, is just as literal because it combines the two Greek words for sun and flower.
Symbolism of the Sunflower
It’s no surprise that both ancient and modern people associated the Sunflower with warmth, positivity, power, strength, and happiness since it bears such a strong resemblance to the Sun itself. In Greek mythology, it’s tied to a story of a nymph who becomes the flower after losing her love. Victorian flower language ascribes a meaning of gratitude to the dwarf Sunflower, while it’s considered a good luck charm for occasions like graduations and new businesses in China. Of course, Sunflowers also feature prominently in works from artists like Van Gogh.
The Sunflower is native to North America, but it has spread across the world through export.
Native Americans planted wild varieties as a source of food, but modern breeding has emphasized petal size and count over seed production in many varieties.
The Sunflower can range in height from six inches to over 12 feet tall, depending on the variety.
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