Mini Sunflower (Helianthus annuus) Named after the flower's resemblance to the sun, Helianthus is derived from two Greek words, helio: sun and anthos: flower. This beautiful plant was originally domesticated in the Americas. The subject of lore and paintings, it is an important agricultural crop today. Our mini-sunflower is a French dwarf variety that is easy to grow indoors on any sunny windowsill. Includes: seed, reusable recycled US steel tin, directions. Tin 2" diam.