|Dresden Plate Quilt Block in my Eleanor Burns' Egg Money Sampler Quilt|
|State Fair Sunflower Quilt Block in my Farmer's Daughter Sampler Quilt|
|Sunflower Quilt Block in my Irish Great-Grandpa Sampler Quilt|
|Common Sunflowers standing tall, next to the Rock House, our local ice cream shop|
|Prairie Sunflowers discovered on a walk in my neighborhood|
I love sunflowers in quilts and in nature. They are so cheerful! The scientific name, Helianthus annuus, means "flower of the sun."
The sunflower was one of the few plants that was cultivated by Native American tribes on the plains. The sunflower shells were roasted and used to make a coffee-like beverage. The kernels were eaten whole or ground into meal to make cakes. The crushed seeds were boiled in water, and then the sunflower oil was skimmed off the top and used like olive oil. (Edible and Medicinal Plants of the Rockies by Linda Kershaw)
The chickadees and other birds at my feeder don't worry about any of that. They just love the seeds!
Which sunflower is your favorite?
You might also enjoy reading my previous blog post here.