A SPECIES OF: Sunflowers
ALSO KNOWN AS: Common Sunflower, Annual Sunflower, and Mirasol
BOTANICAL NAME: Helianthus Annuus
SYMBOLISM: Love, admiration, and loyalty.
DESCRIPTION: This plant has an erect rough-hairy stem and typically grows up to 10 feet high. Common sunflower leaves are broad, coarsely toothed, rough, and mostly alternate. What is often called the "flower" of the sunflower is actually a "flower head", or pseudanthium, of numerous small individual five-petaled flowers ("florets"). These mature into fruit known as "seeds". The disk flowers are arranged spirally.
NAME STORY: Common Sunflower: generally, most people think tha the naming of sunflower is based on the direction of sunrise and sunset. However, this is not the case. Matured sunflower will only face the East and it will not rotate with the direction of the sun. Nevertheless, the misconception of it facing the sun has embedded deeply in people's mind. Hence, it is called the common sunflower.
INTERESTING FACTS: It is generally believed that common sunflower always turn the face to the sun while the sun moves across the sky. But in fact, blooming common sunflower always face east.