The sunflower was once an emblem of the Inca Sun God. This well-loved genus is 150 species strong and includes not only sprightly garden plants but commercially important food and oil crops. Our easy-to-grow selections make great cut flowers and attract bees plus tolerate a wide range of soil conditions.
A celebrated American denizen often found in open woodlands, prairies and along roadsides, this Sunflower’s ebullient yellow face belies its resilient nature. The dense colony of upright wine-hued stems and rough lanceolate leaves can handle neglect, drought, and sun or shade.
Enticing to bees, butterflies, and gardeners alike, yellow 2 in. wide, broad-petaled and brown-centered blooms burst forth from round, spiky-looking green buds. Even though the long lasting jaunty display signals summer’s end, the good-sized chocolate-colored seed heads keep the birds happy and our interest sparked.
Size: 5' 0" – 6' 0" high x 3' 0" wide.
Hardy to zone 3.
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Other selections in this genus:
- Helianthus angustifolius
- Helianthus angustifolius ‘Gold Lace’
- Helianthus angustifolius ‘Matanzas Creek’
- Helianthus ‘Undaunted (Tm) Lemon Max (Dakota Queen)’
- Helianthus giganteus ‘Sheila’s Sunshine’
- Helianthus laetiflorus ‘Lemon Queen’
- Helianthus maximiliana ‘Santa Fe’
- Helianthus x multiflorus ‘Capenoch Star’
- Helianthus salicifolius