Saturday, October 3, 2009

Flower Of The Week #11 - Sunflower


Of all the flowers, it is really the Sunflower that captured my heart, especially this one. One very huge Sunflower. I am in love with this flower. Even when I was still in the Philippines, I have always wanted to see Sunflower, which is very rare in our country. Here in our place, they are all around, and mostly huge. This one in the picture is at our garden.
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Sunflowers (Helianthus annuus) are annual plants native to the Americas, that possess a large inflorescence (flowering head). What is usually called the flower is actually a head (formally composite flower) of numerous florets (small flowers) crowded together. The outer florets are the sterile ray florets and can be yellow, maroon, orange, or other colors. The florets inside the circular head are called disc florets, which mature into what are traditionally called "sunflower seeds," but are actually the fruit (an achene) of the plant. The inedible husk is the wall of the fruit and the true seed lies within the kernel.

9 comments:

Hobo ........ ........ ........ said...

A dream for me but one day.

Denise said...

I like sunflowers.

Joops said...

birds love sunflower too!

misty said...

Wow ang laki nga nyan sis, sarap ng seeds nyan..

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Gorgeous, Grace, both the flower and the woman holding it!

Peace to you this week~elaine

dhemz said...

oh my gosh...this is huge...as in very huge...bigger than your head sis....lol...very pretty...thanks for sharing....:)

Brooke said...

we actually have a couple of sunflowers in our flowerbed. that one is so big/pretty it almost didn't look real!

Dorothy L said...

What a gorgeous photo. Sunflowers always mystified me as they are so diverse in not only their color but that they offer such a satisfying snack in their seeds for both humans and birds!

sky said...

Wow a real sun flower i really that big? :-)