Helianthus, better known as Sunflower, is a genus of about 70 species of annuals and perennials in the daisy family (Asteraceae), native to North America, with a few species from South America. Sunflowers have big, daisy-like flowers in bright colours often with a contrasting darker centre and large, bristly, dark green leaves. These sun-loving plants are recognized worldwide for their beauty, as well as agricultural importance.
The genus name is derived from the Greek words “helios” (“sun”) and “anthos” (“flower”), in reference to the flower’s tendency to turn towards the sun.
Helianthus meanings can vary across cultures, but most commonly it means faithfulness, worship, adoration and loyalty.