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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Helianthus anuus - Sunflower

Helianthus anuus

Nature's Treasures, A Floral Art Exhibition at D'Ville Shopping Center Durbanville Floral Carpet with the members of the Durbanville Flower Club. For the mid section I used roses, sunflower heads, bark, potting soil and foliage.

Common name



America especially the Southern and Western regions.


You will find both large (20-35 cm) and miniature (10cm) sunflowers. Most varieties cultivated for the cut flower market sheds less pollen than those grown for the seeds.


most popular sunflowers are the “moonlight” variety with its dark center and sunny yellow petals but you will also find brown, orange, rusty red and a striking dark red purple

Vase life

Sunflowers are thirsty and if you keep them well hydrated it will last for a week. They also dry well.


If you are familiar with sunflower oil you will recognize it by the scent


Sunflowers are very dominant and definitely attract attention. It has become fashionable in contemporary design to remove the bright flower petals and work with the dark center of the flower


Give the stems a fresh cut at an angle and hydrate in warm water with dissolved flower food for a few hours before designing. To air dry the flower heads need to be supported. You can either slip it into a paper tube and stand till its dry or hang the flower upside down.

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Related Designs

14 July 2021 Light as a kite wire spiked sunflower heart

Using the disk floret of a sunflower to support your floral details.

14 July 2021 Light as a Kite

Spike a wire frame into a disk floret for a light summer design.

21 October 2020 Sunflower heart autumn display

Pick away the ray floret so that the disk floret of a sunflower can be used as a flat surface to display your design on.

21 October 2020 When it gets chilly

Use the heart of a sunflower as a platform to place your autumn floral details on.

31 July 2019 Adding folded grass "jitters" to a Sunflower

Adding tension to a design with a grass frame and collar.

31 July 2019 Jitters!

Zig-zag grass details add a bit of tension to the design

27 July 2016 Leaning Sunflowers to stay just so

The trick to any freestanding design is to get your first three stems standing stable and secure in the water. Once you have that you can build the design around it.

27 July 2016 Too Hot!

Leaning floral stems to stand on their own in a shallow container

13 August 2014 Standing flowering stems in shallow puddles

Making a truss out of sunflower stems for a free standing design

13 August 2014 A leg to stand on

Create a upright design by supporting the flowering stems

3 July 2012 Twig-a-tude

Stack and wire twigs to create a twig mushroom with attitude for summer

5 April 2011 Floral Carpet

Durbanville Flower Club: Nature's Treasures, A Floral Art Exhibition at D'Ville Shopping Center Durbanville, Western Cape, South Africa