Sunflowers In Vase
Painting - Acrylic On Canvas / Prints
The sunflower, or Helianthus annuus, is an annual flower that is famous for its extremely large and vividly yellow blooms. These plants are native to North America, but they are widely cultivated all over the world today as ornamentals, food plants and for their valuable oil. Many people enjoy growing the flowers, because they are quite easy to cultivate and are a great way to brighten even a small garden.
Origin and History
It is estimated that the sunflower was domesticated around 1000 BCE in North America, presumably for the purpose of using the oil-rich and highly nutritious seeds. They were also used as a source of purple and black dyes. When European explorers were introduced to the plant, they brought it home with them and cultivation in Europe dates to around the 1600s. By the late 19th century, they were being grown extensively in Russia for their oil, but also in many other parts of Europe. France, in particular, has become famous for its sunflowers, perhaps because of Van Gogh's lush paintings of fields in bloom.
March 24th, 2013
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