August 24, 2017

Incan Royalty

Sunflower

Janine Pineo Photo - Sunflower

When Spanish invaders plundered the Incan empire, they found sunflowers rendered in gold throughout the temples. The flower was the symbol of the Sun God of the Incas, according to “Forget-Me-Not: A Floral Treasury.” Helianthus has been a treasured flower for centuries, with John Gerard growing it in the late 1500s and describing the middle “as it were of unshorn velvet, or some curious cloath wrought with the needle,” according to “100 Flowers and How They Got Their Names.” The English herbalist, who published “Herball” in 1597, described the seeds’ formation “like the honeycombs of bees.”