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Helianthus annus (Sunflower)

Maree  Clarkson

Tarlton, South Africa

Artist's Description

W&N watercolour on DalerRowney 300gsm
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“Light-enchanted sunflower, thou
Who gazest ever true and tender
On the sun’s revolving splendour.”
~ Pedro Calderon de la Barca
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The sunflower resembles one huge flower, but did you know a single sunflower head hosts hundreds of tiny flowers called florets? The plant is a rather thick, green stem sticking up out of the ground around 10 feet (3 meters) tall with a few leaves growing from it. On top of this tall stem is what seems to be a single enormous flower with yellow petals and a brown centre. But this flower is actually known as the head of the sunflower, and is not a flower at all, but rather a bunch of them. The yellow petals are actually protective leaves that cover the centre of the head while it is growing. The brown centre of the sunflower is composed of a mass of hundreds of flowers, all growing individually, and from where each sunflower seed will originate.


July 2012 – Placed in the TOP 10 of the challenge “JULY 2012 AVATAR VOUCHER”
1st August 2012 – FEATURED in “Enchanted Flowers”
19th August 2012 – FEATURED in “Painters Universe”

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