Sunflowers and bees are on display!
This pop up unfolds to a glorious sunny display and sits upright on any flat surface. It will brighten a friend’s desk or bedside table or breakfast tray.
How did they get their name?
The name comes from the Greek helios “sun” + anthos “flower.” They got their name because their flowers turn toward the sun. Sunflowers are grown for their beauty, to attract birds and bees, and for human food, seeds and oil.
What do they symbolize?
Sunflowers symbolize loyalty, adoration thanks to the myth of Clytie and Apollo. In China, sunflowers symbolize long life, vitality and good luck. And to Native Americans sunflowers symbolized harvest and provision. They were cultivated as the “fourth sister,” along with corn, beans, and squash. The Ancients worshipped the image as a god. Basically no matter where you are, sunflowers are a positive flower that brings joy to many!
How do they help Bees (and butterflies and birds)?
Honeybees and native bees rely on them for pollen and nectar. Annual sunflowers are pure floral gold. Their immense blooms have an almost storybook quality. They track the sun, creating a glowing warm basin of golden pollen and sweet nectar to draw bees and butterflies. Mature seed heads become songbird feeding stations—attracting finches, nuthatches, cardinals, and titmice—while also attracting many small mammals. Wildlife prefers large-headed varieties, which can be cut, dried, and saved to feed birds through winter.
What do you call a group of them?
Literally speaking, a group of flowers is called a “bouquet.”
However, botanically speaking,it is called an “inflorescence.”
An inflorescence is an aggregation of flowers on an individual plant. Inflorescences often function to enhance reproduction. For example, an aggregation of flowers in one location will make them visually more attractive to potential pollinators. Like Sunflowers and Bees!
Also see: Cardinal Memories pop up card.