Debra and Dave Vanderlaan
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by Debra and Dave Vanderlaan
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Sunflower (Helianthus annuus) is an annual plant native to the Americas.
It possesses a large inflorescence (flowering head).
The sunflower is named after its huge, fiery blooms,
whose shape and image are often used to depict the sun.
It has a rough, hairy stem, broad, coarsely toothed, rough leaves
and circular heads of flowers.
The heads consist of many individual flowers which mature into seeds,
often in the hundreds, on a receptacle base.
From the Americas, sunflower seeds were brought to Europe
in the 16th century, where, along with sunflower oil,
they became a widespread cooking ingredient.
Leaves of the sunflower can be used as cattle feed,
while the stems contain a fiber which may be used in paper production.
The sunflower is the state flower of the US state of Kansas,
and one of the city flowers of Kitakyūshū, Japan.
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 series of paintings,
The sunflower is the national flower of 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"
Even though sunflowers face easterly all day long..
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.
August 6th, 2012
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