Helianthus Sunflower Annuus is the Common Sunflower that has acquired mythical status in South American countries because of its beauty and health benefits.
What does Helianthus Mean?
In the word Sunflower Helianthus, Hēlios means “Sun” and Anthos means “flower” (in Greek). That’s how old this gene is.
Legend of the Helianthus Sunflower
Legend has it that there were two tribes living close to the Paraná River in Argentina. The Chief of one tribe was called Pirayú and the other was Mandió.
Pirayú and Mandió were buddies so the two tribes had a very good trade in handicrafts and food.
Types of Sunflower Helianthus
- Helianthus Annuus
- Helianthus Angustifolius
- Heianthus Gigantius
- Helianthus Divaricatus
- Helianthus Strumosus
- Helianthus Maximiliani
- Helianthus Decapitalus
- Helianthus Debilis
Also called the Teddy Bear Sunflower because of its stunted stem and wide fluffy blooms on top. This variety looks equally great in your front garden and as inside a bouquet. It is also used to make sunflower cooking oil.