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Sunflowers (Helianthus annuus) are not native to New Zealand but have found a welcoming home in its fertile soil. Originating from North America, sunflowers have a history dating back over 3,000 years when they were cultivated by indigenous peoples. Their journey to New Zealand is a testament to the universal appeal of these radiant flowers.
In the language of flowers, sunflowers symbolize adoration, loyalty, and longevity. Their name derives from the way they turn their faces towards the sun, a behavior known as heliotropism. This natural phenomenon not only inspired their name but also captures the essence of seeking positivity and brightness in life.
New Zealand is home to various sunflower varieties, each with its unique charm. The classic giant sunflower with its towering height and large blooms is a favorite in gardens across the country. The dwarf sunflower, more suitable for smaller spaces, adds a burst of color to balconies and patios. The versatile range of varieties ensures that sunflowers can be enjoyed by gardeners of all levels.
Beyond their aesthetic appeal, sunflowers boast interesting facts. They are known for their ability to absorb heavy metals and toxins from the soil, making them useful in phytoremediation projects (a sustainable environmental cleanup technique that uses plants to remove, stabilize, or degrade pollutants in soil, water, or air). Sunflower oil, extracted from their seeds, is a popular cooking oil with numerous health benefits, while the seeds themselves are a nutritious snack either raw or roasted.
In New Zealand, sunflowers often make appearances in various celebrations and events. Their sunny disposition brightens up festivals, weddings, and even memorial services. The sight of sunflower fields in full bloom has become a symbol of optimism and resilience in the Kiwi culture.
Whether adorning gardens, symbolizing positive sentiments, or contributing to environmental projects, sunflowers have firmly established themselves as a beloved part of New Zealand's floral tapestry. In their golden splendor, sunflowers continue to bring joy and meaning to the landscapes of Aotearoa.
At Best Blooms we get NZ grown sunflowers from late January through to April, fresh from the flower market and local sunflower growers.
A Sunflower Bouquet is always popular - they're sure to bring a smile with their positivity, brightness and long lasting joy.
Best Blooms Florist offers FREE Delivery of your Sunflower Bouquet to Auckland City & Suburbs.
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