The botanical name for the Sunflower is Helianthus, helios means sun and anthos means flower. The French refer to Sunflowers as Turniso, which means turn with the sun. These vibrant flowers follow the sun, they turn from east to west. The center of the Sunflower is actually numerous small flowers, called florets, crowded together. There is evidence that the Sunflower was domesticated in Mexico by at least 2600 B.C. and in the area now called Tennessee around 2300 B.C. The Europeans brought images of the Sunflower made of gold from Peru to Spain in the early 16th Century. Sunflowers were an important part of many indigenous American people's religions. It was the symbol of their solar deity.
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