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 Sundew,Sunna or Sonna. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
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.   1
“The sunflower turns on the god, when he 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.”
   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 Heliotrpium, quite another order of plants.   2

 Sundew,Sunna or Sonna. 


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