Sunflowers thrive in all 50 states in the U.S., most blooming during the summer months. Their native range also extends through Canada, Northern Mexico, and Central America. The sunflower's native environment is dry, wide-open spaces such as prairie lands, plains, and meadows.
Sunflower symbolism extends beyond longevity to include good fortune, vitality, intelligence, and happiness. Various faiths have adopted sunflowers to express a symbol of worship and faithfulness, as in the flower's faithful dedication to the sun.