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Sunflower

(The). Clytie, a waternymph, was in love with Apollo, but meeting no return, she died and was changed into a sunflower, which still turns to the sun through its daily course.

The sunflower turns on the god, when lie sets,
The same look which she turned when he rose.

T. Moore: (Believe me if all those endearing young charms).

I will not have the mad Clytie,
Whose head is turned by the sun.

Hood.

What we call a sunflower is the Helianthus, so called, not because it follows the sun, but because it resembles a picture sun. A bed of these flowers will turn in every direction, regardless of the sun. The Turnsole is the Heliotropium, quite another order of plants.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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