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Sunflower Quotes – 20 Best Sunflower Sayings with Images

Join me in saying goodbye to my daughter, as she moves away, with these sunflower quotes and sayings as well as gorgeous photos of sunflowers that will bring a smile to your face.

My daughter Jess loves sunflowers.  The first year I started my garden island beds, I made sure to plant them in all the beds.  They have taken off and are blooming beautifully now. 

Jess also loves to share pretty sunflower pictures with inspiring quotes printed on them.

Today we have the best of two words with these lovely sunflower sayings.

Large sunflower in a field of sunflowers and words reading sunflower quotes.

Sunflowers attract bees like nothing else I have planted.  Next year, I am going to plant sunflowers around the edges of my vegetable garden bed to ensure good pollination.

Sunflower facing sideways

I love the way Jess’s face lights up whenever she sees a beautiful sunflower blooming in my garden!

When fall rolls around, I combine sunflowers with pumpkins in a unique no carve sunflower pumpkin display. Check it out!

Pretty girl in a field of sunflowers and a sunflower collage.

Jess spent a semester in the UK studying and I didn’t get to see her sunny smile very often while she was gone.

But what better way to say goodbye than with these sunflower sayings and photos?

I know that when she reads this post, she’ll be smiling just like the sunny sunflowers in the field she is standing in seem to do! Notice how they are all looking towards her?

Fun Facts about SunflowersSunflower head with bees

Brush up on your knowledge of sunflowers with these fun facts.

  • The botanical name for sunflower is helianthus annuus.
  • Sunflower faces track the sun.
  • There is a sunflower that is totally fluffy – it’s called the Teddy Bear Sunflower.
  • Sunflower seeds are nutritious and make a great snack.
  • The world’s tallest sunflower is featured in the Guinness Book of World Records. It is 30 feet, one inch!
  • Parts of the sunflower have long been used for their healing properties.
  • Sunflowers are symbols of faith, loyalty and adoration.
  • They are one of the fastest growing plants.
  • The largest head on a sunflower is 32 1/4 inches. It was grown by Emily Martin in Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada in 1983.
  • A single sunflower can have up to 2000 seeds!
  • Sunflowers are normally yellow, but they can come in other colors too.

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Here are my sunflower quotes for Jess!

I love making graphics of beautiful flower images with quotes and sayings embedded in them.  I find them to be very popular on social media and people also love to print them out and use them as greeting cards.

Here are some of my favorite images of sunflowers with sayings that make me think more about life.

Autumn sunflower quote by William Cullen Bryant.

And the yellow sunflower by the brook, in autumn beauty stood. – William Cullen Bryant

Sun and sunflower quote by Vera Nazarian.

Never look directly at the sun, instead look at the sunflower. – Vera Nazarian,Road Sunflowers quote by Martin Firrell.

The road to freedom is bordered with sunflowers – Martin Firrel.Turned sunflower with a quote about sunlight from an old Maori proverb.Turn your face to the sun, and shadows follow behind you. – an old Maori proverb.Sunflower field quote by Corina Abdulahm-Negura.

A sunflower field is like a sky with a thousand suns – Corina Abdulahm-Neguratrue friends sunflower quote by Marie Williams Johnstone.

True friends are like bright sunflowers that never fade away, even over distance and time.  ― Marie Williams JohnstoneSun facing sunflower with saying by J.R, Rim.

Sunflowers end up facing the sun, but they go through a lot of dirt to find their way there.  ― J.R. RimGolden sunflowers graphic by Allen Ginsberg.

We’re all golden sunflowers inside. – Allen GinsbergWherever life plants you quote from an old French proverb.

Wherever life plants you, bloom with grace. – Old French ProverbRobert Louis Stevenson Quote on a sunflower with a bee

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant. – Robert Louis Stevensen

More Sunflower Quotes

Still looking for some inspiration? Here are some more sunflower words of wisdom.  If you have a favorite quote, please leave it in the comments below and I’ll try to find a picture to make it into a sunflower sayings graphic.

Field of sunflowers with words reading sunflower Quotes and sayings.

1. Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow. It’s what sunflowers do.    – Helen Keller

2. Big doesn’t necessarily mean better. Sunflowers aren’t better than violets. – Edna Ferber

3. Every friend is to the other a sun, and a sunflower also. He attracts and follows. – Jean Paul Richter

4. The sunflower is a favorite emblem of constancy. – Thomas Bulfinch

5. Fame is the scentless sunflower, with gaudy crown of gold; But friendship is the breathing rose, with sweets in every fold.  – Oliver Wendell Holmes

6. Does she realize she looks like a sunflower, ready to rain sunlight on all who look down upon her? – Simone Elkeles

7. A sunflower poem:

The lofty follower of the sun,
Sad when he sets, shuts up her yellow leaves,
Drooping all night; and when he warm returns,
Points her enamor’d bosom to his ray.” 
― James Thomson

8. A long time ago in a kingdom by the sea there lived a princess as tall and bright as a sunflower. ―Jeanne Desy

9. If roses tried to be sunflowers, they would lose their beauty; and if sunflowers tried to be roses, they would lose their strength. ―Matshona Dhliwayo

10. Mom has a massive sunflower for a soul so big there’s hardly any room in her for organs. ―Jandy Nelson

I hope these quotes about sunflowers have inspired you they way they will my daughter.  Send them to a friend in a card or a text message. They are sure to bring a smile to the face of someone who is feeling down.

A note on these sunflower quotes

Making graphics such as these sunflower sayings take me quite a long time to do.  If you share them on social media (and thank you for that!) please link to this page, rather than uploading the image yourself.

Do you grow any flowers in your garden in memory of a relative or loved one?  I’d love to hear your story in the comments below.

Update:  My daughter is on the move again!  She moved to California just recently. And not surprisingly sunflowers got to say goodbye to her again.

I also planted another garden bed, in memory of five generations in my family.  Gladioli are for my dad, irises are for my mum, and heirloom green beans are for my great grandmother.

Jess gets to enjoy more sunflowers, and I planted hostas for me.  You can read the five generation garden bed here.

Admin note: This post about saying goodbye to my daughter was first published in January of 2013. I have updated the post to add new quotes and graphics and a video for you to enjoy.

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Would you like a reminder of these quotes with sunflowers?  Just pin this image to one of your motivation boards on Pinterest.

Sunflowers on a black background with words reading 20 Sunflower Quotes to Brighten Your Day.

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Saturday 11th of February 2023

Sunflowers are a true symbol of strength and hope. Sunflowers appeared in everything I saw after both my friends Nola and recently Yvonne passed away. On books, posters, cups, people who I had only just met on their tattoos, self sown ones in the garden of Yvonne’s parent’s garden and in jewellery advertised on social media. It is like they are sending messages to us that they are okay and at peace. Truly comforting in times of grief. My sunflowers I have planted in memory have grown to just over a foot in two weeks! Think we will have flowers in another 2!!!


Wednesday 23rd of August 2023

@Aileen, so beautiful and wonderful. Am looking for a meaningful flower to name after my business and now am finally found it Thank you so much for sharing all about your sunflowers story and unique characters 😊

Landy Hale

Saturday 21st of May 2022

Thank you these beautiful quotes and poems. Sunflowers were my granddaughters absolute favorite. She passed away April 25, 2022. She was only 19 and a type 1 diabetic. You have no idea how comforting your words were to me just now. Thank you.


Friday 24th of February 2023

@Landy Hale, The love between a granddaughter and her grandmother knows no bounds, she is with you always. thank you for honoring her.


Saturday 11th of February 2023

@Landy Hale, so sorry for your loss. Losing a child is devastating. Hugs x

Carol Speake

Sunday 22nd of May 2022

I am sorry for you loss but pleased that you found comfort in my words.

Dave Parizek

Monday 28th of June 2021

I want to be like a sunflower; so that even on the darkest days I will stand tall and find the sunlight.

--Unknown Author


Saturday 11th of February 2023

@Dave Parizek, love this :)

Dawn Campbell

Wednesday 7th of October 2020

Thank you for the quote. (The sunflower is a favorite emblem of constancy. – Thomas Bulfinch)

Perfect for my template sunflower layout in digi scrapping!

Rashmeet Batra

Thursday 18th of June 2020

seeing the sunflowers fills my soul.😍

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