leaves are used as fodder, the flowers yield a yellow dye and
the seeds contain oil used bothfor food or in soap and paints
and as a lubricant. The seeds may be eaten dried or roasted.
The leading producers of sunflower seed are: Argentina, Russia,
Ukraine, France, the United States and China.
the approximately 60 species of Helianthus, only a few
are cultivated. They are tall, hardy annual or perennial herbs,
several of which can be grown in gardens with moderately good
Van Gogh's Zonnebloemen, 1889
is one of Van Gogh's last paintings, painted in Arles in 1889.
I saw this picture live in the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.
It's probably his most famous paiting and one of my favorite.
Beautiful, isn't it ?