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Helianthus salicifolius ‘Low Down’ (Willow-Leaved Sunflower)

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Very floriferous, Helianthus salicifolius ‘Low Down’ (Willow-Leaved Sunflower) is a dwarf perennial forming a compact mound of upright stems, with narrow leaves and large sprays of brilliant yellow daisies, up to 2.5 in. across (6 cm), adorned with a dark chocolate center disk. Blooming from late summer to mid-fall, the cheerful blossoms are produced in such quantities that they almost hide the foliage. Grown for its particularly handsome foliage and profuse late-season flowering, this well-behaved Willow-Leaved Sunflower is a terrific addition to the front of the border.

  • Grows up to 9-12 in. tall (22-30 cm) and 12-18 in. wide (30-45 cm). Does not require staking.
  • Prefers full sun and enjoys average, medium moisture, neutral to alkaline, well-drained soils. Tolerates a wide range of soil conditions.
  • Low maintenance, this is an excellent choice for beds and borders where dazzling flowers are welcomed in any color scheme. They contrast well with many other fall-blooming perennials such as asters and chrysanthemums.
  • Cut back old stems after flowering as they die down for the winter.
  • Any seeds produced by this cultivar will reportedly be sterile. Divide every 3-4 years to control spread and maintain vigor.

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Cherished for their beauty, Sunflowers (Helianthus) are striking ornamental annuals or perennial plants grown for their colorful summer and fall blooms. Fast-growing, they can reward you with glamorous blooms between 55 and 100 days after planting. Here are some basic rules that need to be followed to enjoy their splendid flowers.

Requirements

Hardiness 5 - 9
Heat Zones 6 - 9
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Compositae
Genus Helianthus
Common names Sunflower, Swamp Sunflower
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Late)
Fall
Height 9" - 1'
(23cm - 30cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 18" (50cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Clay Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Bees
Garden Uses Beds And Borders
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow, Informal and Cottage
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Helianthus annuus ‘Sunny Smile’ (Common Sunflower)
Helianthus annuus ‘Velvet Queen’ (Common Sunflower)

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.
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Requirements

Hardiness 5 - 9
Heat Zones 6 - 9
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Compositae
Genus Helianthus
Common names Sunflower, Swamp Sunflower
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Late)
Fall
Height 9" - 1'
(23cm - 30cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 18" (50cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Clay Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Bees
Garden Uses Beds And Borders
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow, Informal and Cottage
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Do I Need?
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