|Storage Temperature: 36 - 38 F
|Ethylene Sensitive: No
|Description: Very lage daisy-like composite
blossoms, with petals (ray florets) surrounding a contrasting center (disc florets).
|Colors: Yellows, oranges, reds, browns and creams.
Contrasting center colors are available. Dyed tints are also available.
|Botanical Facts: The name is from the Greek words, helios
(sun) and anthos (flower)
|Design Notes: Sunflowers are bold focal flowers.
The heavy heads and large stems require the use of reinforced floral foam in floral
design. The development of cultivars with smaller heads has made the sunflower more
popular in floral design.
|Purchasing Hints: Purchase unbruised buds
that are just opening. Avoid flowers with yellow or wilted leaves.
|Conditioning: Remove all foliage that will be
below the water line. Cut under water with a sharp knife. Hydrate in a solution of
warm water and commercial floral preservative / floral food for two hours before storage
Sunflowers dry well. Prop several stems in
a vase, or hang them in a well-ventilated, warm area and allow them to air dry.
|Additional Notes: Although most Americans
view sunflowers as a flower from France, the sunflower is a native of Mexico and Peru,
introduced into this country in the sixteenth century.
The genus Helianthus, to which the Sunflower belongs, contains about fifty
species, chiefly natives of North America; many are indigenous to the Rocky Mountains,
others to tropical America, and a few species are found in Peru and Chile.
In Peru, this flower was much reverenced by the Aztecs, and
in their temples of the Sun, the priestesses were crowned with Sunflowers and carried them
in their hands. The early Spanish conquerors found in these temples numerous
representations of the Sunflower wrought in pure gold.