Sunflowers – How did they get their name? – Fragrance Black Rose and Spice.
You can probably guess how sunflowers got their name. It’s simply because young sunflowers move to face the sun! They just love basking in the rays and can’t get enough of that vitamin D. If you want to get technical though. Their scientific name is helianthus. This comes from the Greek word for ‘sun’ which is ‘helios’ and ‘flower’ which is ‘anthus.’
In Greek mythology, the story goes that a nymph named Clytie was in love with Apollo, the God of Sun. In the beginning, he loved her too, but then his head was turned toward another nymph. In a fit of jealous rage, Clytie told the other nymphs father, who then buried his daughter alive as punishment. Pretty brutal! Apollo was so angry that he then turned Clytie into a sunflower. But, as her love for him was so strong, she watched him move across the sky every day, just how sunflowers follow the sun. – Thanks! Quixotic Acres