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Flower Spotlight: Sunflowers

The sunflower isn’t unusual. It’s normally not a flower that people go bonkers over trying to get. It’s actually quite common, and some may wonder how it even finds its way from the field into arrangements. Those who overlook its beauty don’t realize that they are missing out on a pretty awesome flower!

History

Sunflowers are native to North America and were cultivated by Native Americans as far back as 3000 BCE. By the 1500’s, the sunflower had made its way to Europe and was grown as an ornamental, before becoming popular for its oil. Russian farmers were the first to commercially grow sunflowers and hybridized them to create varieties with the potential to produce larger amounts of oil and seeds. These Russian hybrids gradually made their way back to the United States where commercial sunflower production took off and still remains today.

Symbolism

The scientific name for the sunflower is Helianthus. It is derived from the Greek words helios, which means sun and anthos, which means flower. It often symbolizes pure thoughts, pure love, longevity, pride, loyalty, and happiness. The sunflower has also become a symbol of worship and faithfulness in some religions.

Fun Facts

The sunflower became the state flower of Kansas in 1903.
In the United States, North Dakota and South Dakota are the top producers for commercially grown sunflowers.
Sunflowers come in more colors than just yellow! They can be found in reds, oranges, browns, and even bi-colored.
The Guinness World Record for Tallest Sunflower is 30 feet 1 inch and was set in 2014 by Hans-Peter Schiffer of Germany!
Sunflowers have many different uses, including cut flowers, edible seeds and oil, and dye.
Young sunflowers will track the sun during the day and turn as it moves across the sky. This is called heliotropism.

Availability

Sunflowers bloom naturally in the late summer and can be found year round at the House of Flowers.

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Get Happy With Flowers

Flowers are beautiful, colorful, and add some brightness to a dull world. But the appearance of flowers actually affects people’s moods.  The House of Flowers offers beautiful and cheerful bouquets and arrangements that can help brighten the house and your mood.

According to NDSU.edu, flowers can actually make you happier and have a positive effect on our minds. In a ten month long study done be researchers at Rutgers University, they found that flowers immediately impact a person’s happiness. When study participants received flowers they all showed excited or true smiles. They also found that flowers can have a long-term effect on moods—the participants stated that they felt less agitated, anxious, or depressed after given flowers. After the participants received the flowers they started contacting their families and friend more often, making better connections thanks to the flowers.

This study shows that flowers can affect us—both emotionally and behaviorally. Flowers caused beneficial feelings and actions and actually had a long-term effect on the participants. Flowers can help to reduce stress as well. But it isn’t just flowers. Plants in general can have many positive effects, including:

  • Lowered blood pressure
  • Increased productivity
  • Lowered anxiety
  • Increased attentiveness
  • Raised job satisfaction

These are only a few of the benefits of plants, but it is pretty obvious that nature can be a cure for a lot of different things in your life!

Based on this research, flowers should be a go to whenever you are having a bad day. Bring you girlfriend flowers when she is unhappy. Send you mom flowers if she had a rough week. Buy yourself flowers! It doesn’t matter where they come from, flowers can boost your mood and help you feel happier instantly!

To get the best bouquet for your mom, girlfriend, sister, or yourself, have the florist help you. At the House of Flowers we have a ton of different flower arrangements and bouquets that can cheer up anyone and we can help you choose the best one for your loved one! Start shopping and choose the perfect flower arrangement to help cheer up your friends and family!