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Helianthus - Sunflowers

Grown for their striking and colorful flowers, Helianthus (Sunflowers) can be annuals or perennials, with coarse simple leaves and large, showy daisy blossoms. Extensive hybridizing has resulted in a great number of cultivars providing a wide range of colors (yellow, red, orange, creamy-white and bicolor), flower shapes (short or long rays, frilled or double), and sizes (dwarf to giant). Blooming from summer to fall, these showstoppers make outstanding cut flowers and are valuable additions to beds and borders. Loved by the artist Van Gogh and generations of children, Sunflowers are fun, easy to grow, and require little care.


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Helianthus 'Happy Days' (Perennial Sunflower)

Helianthus 'Happy Days' is a dwarf Perennial Sunflower forming an upright foliage mound of dark green leaves. From midsummer to early fall, it produces large, brilliant, double flowers, up to 4 in. across (10 cm), with short golden petals surrounding a prominent, anemone-style, yellow center.

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Helianthus 'Lemon Queen' (Sunflower)

Free-flowering, Helianthus 'Lemon Queen' (Sunflower) is ideal to brighten up the late season garden. This tall and upright perennial features luminous sprays of pale yellow flowers, 2 in. across (5 cm), with light yellow ray florets surrounding a dark yellow central disk.

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Helianthus annuus 'Arikara' (Common Sunflower)

A very tall variety, Helianthus annuus 'Arikara' (Common Sunflower) is a fast-growing annual with broad, oval to heart-shaped, roughly hairy leaves. In summer, it produces large, single and multi headed flowers, up to 12-16 in. across (30-40 cm), with brilliant orange or yellow petals surrounding a usually dark chocolate central disk.

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Helianthus annuus 'Claret' (Common Sunflower)

Noted for its reliability and good garden performance, Helianthus annuus 'Claret' (Common Sunflower) is a fast-growing, well-branched annual with broad, oval to heart-shaped, roughly hairy leaves. In summer, it produces large, rich wine-red flowers, up to 6 in. across (15 cm), with deep red-brown petals surrounding a nearly black central disk.

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Helianthus annuus 'Evening Sun' (Common Sunflower)

Particularly eye-catching, Helianthus annuus 'Evening Sun' (Common Sunflower) is a fast-growing, well-branched annual with oblong to lanceolate leaves and flowers that are reminiscent of a brilliant sunset. From summer to fall, it produces a profusion of large blossoms, up to 8-10 in. across (20-25 cm), adorned with warm copper to mahogany petals and a dark chocolate central disc.

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Helianthus annuus 'Firecracker' (Common Sunflower)

Helianthus annuus 'Firecracker' (Common Sunflower) is a semi-dwarf, well-branched annual boasting a profusion of large, bicolor blossoms, 4-6 in. (10-15 cm), adorned with bright golden and orange petals surrounding chocolate brown centers. Blooming in summer, this compact, pollen-free Sunflower is perfect for containers or the sunny border.

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Helianthus annuus 'Floristan' (Common Sunflower)

Helianthus annuus 'Floristan' (Common Sunflower) is a well-branched annual boasting a profusion of large, bicolored blossoms adorned with reddish-brown petals tipped in golden-yellow and a chocolate brown center. Blooming throughout the season, this Sunflower is perfect for containers or the sunny border and well suited for cut flower production.

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Helianthus annuus 'Giant Sungold' (Common Sunflower)

Making a bold statement in the garden, Helianthus annuus 'Giant Sungold' (Common Sunflower) is a fast-growing, well-branched annual with oblong to lanceolate leaves and striking brilliant flowers. In summer, it produces huge, fluffy, fully-double flowers, up to 6-10 in. across (15-25 cm), resembling golden-yellow pompoms. The flower heads are attractive to bees, butterflies and birds.

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Helianthus annuus 'Goldy' (Common Sunflower)

Making a bold statement in the garden, Helianthus annuus 'Goldy' (Common Sunflower) is a fast-growing annual with broadly ovate leaves. In midsummer to early fall, it produces fluffy, fully-double flowers, up to 5-7 in. across (12-17 cm), resembling golden-yellow pompoms. The flower heads are attractive to bees, butterflies and birds. Easy to grow, friendly looking, and sensational at the back of a sunny border, this exquisite Sunflower makes outstanding cut flowers too.

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Helianthus annuus 'Gypsy Charmer' (Common Sunflower)

A rainbow of colors, Helianthus annuus 'Gypsy Charmer' (Common Sunflower) is a fast-growing, well-branched annual with oblong to lanceolate leaves and particularly beautiful flowers. In summer, it produces a profusion of large blossoms, up to 6-8 in. across (15-20 cm), with multicolor petals, a wonderful mix of brilliant yellow, rosy-red and lemon yellow.

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Helianthus annuus 'Mammoth Grey Stripe' (Common Sunflower)

A giant variety, Helianthus annuus 'Mammoth Grey Stripe' (Common Sunflower) is a tall annual boasting huge flowers, up to 8-12 in. across (20-30 cm), with brilliant golden-yellow petals surrounding a dark chocolate central disk. Borne atop sturdy stalks, the impressive flower heads are attractive to bees, butterflies and birds and make a real statement in the landscape

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Helianthus annuus 'Ring of Fire' (Common Sunflower)

Standing out with its attractive bicolor blooms, Helianthus annuus 'Ring of Fire' (Common Sunflower) is a fast-growing, well-branched annual with oblong to lanceolate leaves and particularly beautiful flowers. In summer, it produces a profusion of large blossoms, up to 5 in. across (12 cm), with golden petal edges and a ring of mahogany-red surrounding the chocolate brown center.

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Helianthus annuus 'Russian Mammoth' (Common Sunflower)

A giant variety, Helianthus annuus 'Russian Mammoth' (Common Sunflower) is a tall annual boasting huge flowers, up to 8-14 in. across (20-35 cm), with brilliant golden-yellow petals surrounding a dark chocolate central disk. Borne atop sturdy stalks, the impressive flower heads are attractive to bees, butterflies and birds and make a real statement in the landscape.

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Helianthus annuus 'Soraya' (Common Sunflower)

Incredibly eye-catching, award-winner Helianthus annuus 'Soraya' (Common Sunflower) is a vigorous, well-branched annual with oblong to lanceolate leaves and particularly beautiful flowers. In summer, it produces a profusion of large blossoms, up to 6 in. across (15 cm), with bright golden-orange petals surrounding chocolate brown centers.

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Helianthus annuus 'Strawberry Blonde' (Common Sunflower)

A rainbow of colors, Helianthus annuus 'Strawberry Blonde' (Common Sunflower) is a fast-growing, well-branched annual with oblong to lanceolate leaves and particularly beautiful flowers. In summer, it produces a profusion of large blossoms, up to 5-6 in. across (12-15 cm), with multicolor petals, a wonderful mix of lemon, rose and pink.

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Helianthus annuus 'Suntastic Yellow with Black Center' (Common Sunflower)

Very floriferous and perfect for pots and containers, award-winner Helianthus annuus 'Suntastic Yellow with Black Center' (Common Sunflower) is a dwarf, well-branched annual boasting a profusion of large blossoms, up to 6 in. across (15 cm), adorned with bright golden petals and chocolate brown centers.

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Helianthus annuus 'Taiyo' (Common Sunflower)

A Japanese variety, Helianthus annuus 'Taiyo' (Common Sunflower) is a fast-growing, well-branched annual with large, dark green, pointed leaves and dazzling flowers. In summer, it produces large, single blossoms, up to 10 in. across (25 cm), with brilliant yellow petals surrounding a huge dark chocolate central disk.

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Helianthus annuus 'Teddy Bear' (Common Sunflower)

Noted for its reliability and good garden performance, Helianthus annuus 'Teddy Bear' (Common Sunflower) is a fast-growing annual with broadly ovate leaves. In summer, it produces fluffy, fully-double flowers, up to 5 in. across (12 cm), resembling golden-yellow pompoms. The flower heads are attractive to bees, butterflies and birds.

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Helianthus annuus 'Valentine' (Common Sunflower)

A wonderful variety, Helianthus annuus 'Valentine' (Common Sunflower) is a fast-growing, well-branched annual with broad, oval to heart-shaped, roughly hairy leaves. In summer, it produces large, single flowers, up to 7 in. across (17 cm), with primrose yellow petals surrounding a dark chocolate central disk.

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Helianthus annuus 'Vincent's Choice' (Common Sunflower)

Strong and vigorous, Helianthus annuus 'Vincent's Choice' (Common Sunflower) is a well-branched annual boasting a profusion of large blossoms adorned with an extra ring of rounded, overlapping petals. Blooming in summer, the pollen-free blossoms face upwards (instead of nodding) on strong stems and necks.

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Helianthus annuus (Common Sunflower)

Helianthus annuus (Common Sunflower) is a tall, fast-growing annual with broad, oval to heart-shaped, roughly hairy leaves. In summer, it produces huge, brilliant flowers, up to 12 in. across (30 cm), with yellow petals surrounding a dark chocolate central disk. Loved by the artist Van Gogh and generations of children, Sunflowers are fun, easy to grow, and require little care.

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Helianthus argophyllus (Silverleaf Sunflower)

Majestic, Helianthus argophyllus (Silverleaf sunflower) is a tall, multi-branching annual with a magnificent foliage of silvery felted leaves and a profusion of sunny yellow flowers, up to 4 in. wide (10 cm), each adorned with a chocolate center. One plant can produce up to 1-5 flower heads.

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Helianthus maximiliani (Maximilian Sunflower)

A bold statement in the landscape, Helianthus maximiliani (Maximilian Sunflower) is a tall perennial with rigid, hairy stems clad with long and narrow, coarse and hairy, grayish-green leaves, usually folded lengthwise, and a profusion of brilliant yellow flowers, 2-3 in. across (5-7 cm).

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Helianthus occidentalis (Western Sunflower)

Perfect for dry soils, Helianthus occidentalis (Western Sunflower) is a showy perennial forming a rosette of large, ovate, medium green, basal leaves. Blooming for an extended period from mid-summer to fall, a profusion of elegant star-like flowers, 2 in. wide (5 cm), are borne on upright, almost naked, stems.

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