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The sunflower has many meanings across the world. Different cultures believe it means anything from positivity and strength to admiration and loyalty.

In Chinese culture, sunflowers are said to mean good luck and lasting happiness which is why they are often given at graduations and at the start of a new business.

The ancient Greeks believed that sunflowers turned towards the sun because of the nymph Clytie's adoration of Apollo, the God of the Sun. At first he loved her too but then he turned his affections towards another nymph. In a jealous rage, Clytie told the other nymph's father and as punishment he buried her alive. Outraged, Apollo turned Clytie into a sunflower, but her love for him was so strong she watched him move across the sky each day - just as sunflowers follow the sun.

The scientific name for the sunflower is Helianthus. It comes from the Greek words "helios", meaning sun, and "anthus", meaning flower.

*A symmetrical mandala made of pressed flowers and leaves set onto a white canvas. The plants used on this piece are real and hand pressed in Calgary, Alberta. The colours include yellow, green, brown and are very vivid, but may vary on the screen and in real life. This beautiful piece shows how delicate nature is and gives an up close look at the simple details in each petal or leaf. Nature is to be cherished and this piece is a great way to let it live forever in your home. 

White canvas 30cm x 30cm. Hang only.