Sunflower Flower History
Sunflowers were primarily grown for purpose, not because of their beauty. They originated in 1000BC in the Americas. Sunflower seeds were a rich source of food for the Native Americans. 3000 years ago the Native Americans started cultivating sunflowers as a source of food. The seeds are about 5mm long and they are not just used for food, but also for cooking oil.
Sunflowers played an important part in the Inca Empire in Peru. In 1532 Francisco Pizarro was reported to have seen the natives of the Inca Empire worshiping a giant sunflower. Incan priestesses were also said to have worn garments with large sunflower disks made of gold. Sunflowers are important in many places of the world. In China the sunflower is a symbolism of longevity, in the Andes Mountains, golden images of the sunflowers were found in temples. And the Indians in North America in the prairies would place sunflower seeds on the graves of other Indians. Today the sunflower remains an important part of the prairie community as it has held significant importance in their time of hunger and death, and the sunflowers were also something beautiful for them to look at.
The similarity between sunflowers and the sun has also influenced their meaning; they are seen as sources of power, and their brightly colored magnificent petals are like rays of sunshine. They are the ideal flower to evoke positive and cheerful sentiments, and for many years they have evoked the feelings of warmth and happiness.