Evening Sun Sunflower - Helianthus annuus
These sunflowers will create 4”- 6” heads in velvety maroon with gold accents reaching heights of 6’ - 8’. They are stunning when combined with white flowers in a bouquet. Sunflowers can be started indoors, in cold climates 5 - 7 weeks before last frost or direct sow into the soil after last frost. These sun worshipers require full sun. When planting this annual, start by preparing a planting area, free of weeds and that is well protected. This plant does not require a specific type of soil, but prefers well draining soil and mulch at the base. Plant at about 1/4” deep with a 1” - 6” spacing between seeds.
Originally from North America, the sunflower always points in the direction of the sun, allowing it to capture all the sun’s rays. It represents spiritual faith and worship, since the sunflower loyally follows to face the life-giving rays of the sun. In Chinese lore the sunflower represents long life, good luck, happiness and is considered very auspicious. The yellow hues signify vitality and intelligence.
- Sun: Full
- Indoors: 3-6 weeks before last frost
- Direct Sow: After last frost
- Seed Count: 40
- Days to Maturity: 75
- Plant Size: 5'-8'
- Attracts pollinators : bees, birds & butterflies
- Excellent for cut flowers
- Open Pollinated
Starts slow but finishes strong. Mulch at base to conserve water and control weeds. May require support.