Flowers 101: Sunflower


Season: Sunflowers are in season from April through November with their peak growing months being summer – June, July and August.

Cost: Depending on the size of the sunflower, expect to pay anywhere from $1.50 to $6 each from a florist.

Varieties: When it comes to sunflowers, the variety is really in the sizes.  There are 5 basic size classes of sunflowers:

– Mini sunflowers have an average diameter of 1 to 1.5 inches.
– Small sunflowers have an average diameter of 1.5 to 2 inches.
– Medium sunflowers have an average diameter of 3 to 4 inches.
– Large sunflowers have an average diameter of 4 to 5 inches.
– Giant sunflowers have an average diameter of 5 to 6 inches

Colors: You can find sunflowers in every shade of yellow imaginable plus orange, red and chocolate brown.  There are also flowers with two tone red and yellow petals.

Hardiness: Sunflowers do well with heat and sun but they have large, thick stems that need water as much as possible.  Even with their thick stems, their heads are large in proportion to their stems so once they get dehydrated, they tend to get floppy.

Pairings: I think it all depends on the size.  Obviously, the mini sunflowers will tuck well into a bouquet anchored by other flowers like roses or daises or ranunculus.  The giant sunflowers are gorgeous on their own for a more casual wedding.  Sunflowers are not a modern flowers and as such pair better with frilly, multi-petaled flowers versus sleek, line flowers.

Good Things to Know: Young sunflowers keep their face to the sun following it from east to west during the day, their stems are generally never straight.  Older sunflowers freeze in one direction (east) as their stems thicken and their heads are often bent over to one side so don’t expect to find too many perfectly straight flowers.

Sunflower stems were used in life vests before the advent of more modern materials – they are extremely buoyant.  If you should fall into a body of water with your sunflower bouquet, you can use it to help you float.  🙂

Next up on Flowers 101: Stephanotis

Picture credits
top row: (picture 1) Seattle Flowers,  (pictures 2-4) The Knot
bottom row: (picture 1) InStyle Weddings, (picture 2-4) The Knot

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