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The Sunflower is considered the floral symbol for the 3rd Anniversary of marriage.

About the Flower

Flower Meaning: Devout Admirer

The Sunflower represents strength, warmth and nourishment. It symbolizes deep loyalty and constancy, as evidenced by the flower's unfailing following of the sun.

The botanical name of the Sunflower is Helianthus Annuus. It is native to the Americas, and was most likely first domesticated in Mexico. Europeans first discovered this flower during the 16th century in Peru, were the Incan population worshiped it as an image of the sun god. Its seeds were taken back to Europe where it was widely used for it's oil which was not prohibited during the Lenten season.

These majestic golden flowers typically grow between 8-12 feet and require full sun. The edible seeds of the Sunflower are actually the fruit of the plant, and are known as a popular snack. The seeds can also be made into a peanut butter type paste known as "sunbutter". The seeds are also commonly used in breads, and their extracts produce a healthy cooking oil.

Fun and Interesting Facts

Sunflowers may also be used to extract toxic ingredients from soil, such as lead, arsenic and uranium. They were used in the removal of uranium, cesium-137, and strontium-90 from the soil surrounding the Soviet Union's Chernobyl nuclear accident in 1986.

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