35 Sunflower Varieties
Sunflowers belong in every garden where kids are present. It is marvelous to witness the amazement and sense of accomplishment children feel when watching the sunflower seeds grow in to 5-10 foot tall traffic stopping giants.
For best results sow in spring (after the last frost) where they are to grow and provide plenty of water. Bloom season is from mid summer into fall. Excellent cut flowers.
MOULIN ROUGE Sunflower
The dark velvet burgundy, 6-8 inch flowers shade to nearly black in the center. Flowers will occasionally sport a few light yellow petals, to nice effect. Moulin Rouge is an exquisite, remarkably vigorous, free branching sunflower you are going to love. The pollen-free blooms make outstanding cut flowers. Plants grow to 6 feet tall.
GOLDEN CHEER Sunflower
Delightful, double yellow, 4-5 inch, chrysanthemum-like flowers with light hearts. Plants produce a larger main head, and typically 3-4 side branches. Pinch when young for bushier, even heavier flowering plants, with smaller flowers. Flowers held on long, strong stems, and are long-lasting cut. Grows 5-6 feet tall. A small percentage of seed will produce single flowers, which is necessary for seed production.
Organically grown. The sturdy 12-14 foot stalks (no staking) produce absolutely enormous flowers 1 foot or more across. Guaranteed to stop traffic, they can be planted below 2nd story windows for a close up show!
PEACH PASSION Sunflower
Produces masses of gorgeous, soft apricot, 3-4 inch flowers on bushy, 4 foot tall plants. They make exceptional cut flowers.
APRICOT DAISY Sunflower
Apricot Daisy sunflower forms multi-branched, bushy plants to 4 to 6 feet tall. These plants produce a remarkable quantity of pollen-free, apricot peach, daisy-like flowers with light orange centers. Apricot Daisy, by its color and form, introduces unusual twists to world of sunflowers.
Compact, branching 24-36 inch tall plants produce masses of bright red and gold bicolor, pollen-free blooms. Firecracker sunflower is an excellent low hedge, or use in borders or containers. Combines beautifully with Little Becka dwarf sunflowers.
ProCut PEACH Sunflower
Large, 3-4 inch, single head flowers with peachy pastel petals and dark centers. In the morning and evening these flowers practically glow. Impressive in gardens, and because plants are day length neutral and flowers are pollenless, they make superb cut flowers. Grows 5-6 feet tall.
ProCut BRILLIANCE Sunflower
Large, single head, pollen-free sunflowers with dark centers and brilliant, uniquely colored petals. They are yellow at the tips, deepening to orange near the base. The orange and yellow hues combined on the same petal are an impressive sight, whether viewed in the garden, or seen in long-lasting cut flowers for your home. Grows 4-6 feet tall. 55-60 days.
ProCut GOLD Sunflower
Brilliant, golden-yellow, pollen-free blooms with yellow-green hearts. They are outstanding cut flowers. The single stem, day length neutral plants grow 5-6 feet tall. Matures in 50-60 days.
ProCut BICOLOR Sunflower
Procut Bicolor sunflowers are stunning. The large, mahogany colored flowers are tipped in yellow. The hearts are dark. Blooms are carried on long, especially thick, strong, straight stems. They are superb for cutting. Plants grow to 5 feet tall.
ProCut RED Sunflower
An exciting breakthrough : ProCut Red is the first single-flowered red sunflower. These pollenless, burgundy-red beauties have even deeper red faces, on plants that reach 4 to 6 feet tall.
These 12-14 foot tall giants produce yellow flower heads on short side stems. Plants are well proportioned and not top heavy, and are guaranteed to make a lasting impression on children.
MAMMOTH RUSSIAN Sunflower
Huge, bright yellow, 12-inch flowers and seed heads on heavy, 10-foot tall stalks. A dramatic ornamental edible that is good for screening and/or edible seed production.
VINCENT CHOICE Sunflower
Golden orange, rounded petals overlap fully around a pollenless, chocolate brown heart on strong, 5 to 6 foot stems. Five inch upward facing flowers make stunning bouquets. Single stemmed if planted close together; spaced farther apart, they will branch.
VINCENT FRESH Sunflower
Bright yellow, rounded petals overlap fully around a pollenless, chartreuse green heart on strong, 5 to 6 foot stems. Five inch upward facing flowers make stunning bouquets. Single stemmed if planted close together; spaced farther apart, they will branch.
SUNNY SMILE Sunflower
Giant 5 inch flowers top dwarf plants which can be grown in 4-6 inch pots. In small pots Sunny Smile puts all its energy into producing a single jumbo flower. Planted in large containers or in the ground, Sunny Smile has room to branch and produces 4 or 5, gorgeous golden yellow flowers. Grows 12-15 inches tall, is day length neutral, pollen-free, and flowers in 55 days.
ORANGE HOBBIT Sunflower
These bushy, dwarf plants grow 1 to 2 feet tall. They get started early, loading themselves with pollen-free, golden orange flowers with deep brown faces. They lend themselves beautifully to container gardening, and also make a stunning knee-high border.
LITTLE BECKA Sunflower
From the same breeder that brought us the best selling Firecracker sunflower, this is its kindred spirit, Little Beck. A cut flower powerhouse, she produces legions of early, large, fiery, copper-red, pollenless sunflowers up to 5 inches across. Add dark hearts and yellow halos, Little Becka blooms display an entirely unique, bewitching personality.
Little Becka sunflowers grow 2-3 feet tall, while forming full, compact, branching plants. Mass in your garden for a lively knee-high sunflower spectacle, or use to add bold color to your mixed borders. Combine with Firecracker to turn the volume up louder still.
ORANGE RUFFLES Sunflower
Sunflowers put on a fancy dress with this spectacular new pollen-free sunflower with an extra row of frilly, ruffled petals between its chocolaty brown center and brilliant orange main petals. The vigorous 4 to 6 foot plants branch freely to produce many flowers.
THE JOKER Sunflower
Giant 6-8 inch extremely showy red and yellow bicolor semi-double to fully double blooms have fascinating curled petals around the disk. Well branched 6-7 foot plants. An excellent pollen-free cut flower. Combine with ProCut Bicolor to make truly memorable arrangements.
Absolutely beautiful, extremely large double golden-yellow chrysanthemum-like flowers on sturdy 5 foot plants. A superb cut flower.
STELLA GOLD Sunflower
The pollenless flowers have long, spider-like yellow petals and dark brown centers. Flowers bloom early, and are of medium size, one flower per stem. Plants are easy to grow, will thrive in a wider range of weather and soil conditions than most. Best results when grown in soil less fertile than that provided for other sunflowers. Stella Gold is an entirely unique sunflower which lends a light, open texture to bouquets. Grows 4-6 feet tall.
SUNRICH ORANGE SUMMER Sunflower
Essentially an improved Sunrich Orange, blooming 5-10 days earlier and growing about 6 inches shorter. Day-length neutral 4.5 foot plants sport 5-6 inch blooms which are superb for cut-flower production. 50-60 days to maturity.
Bushy, sturdy, wind resistant plants produce amazing amounts of 4-6 inch, orange flowers with deep brown hearts. They appear on long, thick stems and are superb for cutting.
GOLD RUSH Sunflower
Branching, 4 to 6 foot tall plants, freely produce 4 to 5 inch pollen-free orange flowers with chocolate colored centers. They make long-lasting cut flowers.
ZOHAR (OP) 40-50 daysSunflower
Organically grown. Zohar is an F1 hybrid, earlier-flowering, improved version of Jerusalum Gold. Deep orange-yellow petals surround a dark brown center. Each 3 to 4 foot stem holds a single, 4 to 6 inch pollen free flower, making Zohar an ideal choice for long-lasting, fresh cut bouquets.
Rich, brown 4-6 inch sunflowers with yellow, striped reverses. Excellent cut. Grows to 5 feet tall. 60 days to flower.
CUCUMBER-LEAF FORMULA MIX Sunflower Helianthus debilis ssp. Cucumerifolius
Multi-branched, 5 to 6 foot plants produce a huge quantity of 2 to 3 inch flowers in a pleasing array of yellow shades throughout the warm season. Leaves resemble cucumber leaves. Among the best varieties to grow if you want to attract songbirds to your garden.
MAXIMILIAN Sunflower Helianthus maximiliani
A bold, heat and drought tolerant perennial, winter hardy to zone 4. Dense clusters of sunny yellow 3 to 4 inch single flowers bloom from mid to late summer until the first hard frost on impressive 6 to 8 foot stems that rise from a basal cluster of shiny green wavy leaves. Maximilian sunflower is named after Prince Maximilian the German botanist and explorer who encountered it in his travels to the U.S. in the 1830s. Spectacular planted in the back of borders and along fences, their seeds provide food for a multitude of birds. Also attracts butterflies and other beneficial insects. Native to the North American prairies.
RAINBOW MIX Sunflower
A superb blend of pollen-free sunflowers, ranging in size from 3 to 6 feet, from single-flowered to multi-branching, from early to late bloom times, and flowers with a rainbow of colors, shapes, and sizes. The best collection for the undecided gardener, providing a bounty of flowers for the garden and the vase!
AUTUMN BEAUTY Sunflower
An exquisite mix of autumn colors including, gold, yellow, rusty red, burgundy and bicolors. Classic sunflower form on 6-7 foot plants.
The upward facing flowers with golden yellow petals and huge dark hearts reach 6 inches across and are among the longest-lasting cut sunflowers available. Solara grows to 6 feet tall and is pollen-free.
CHERRY ROSE Sunflower
Flowering in only 40 days, Cherry Rose is quite possibly the fastest blooming sunflower. The dazzling 3-4 inch pollen-free, cherry-red flowers are tipped in lemon-yellow, and feature a handsome, chocolate-brown cone. An excellent variety for cutting, the flowers keep coming over a long season, on branching, 4-5 foot tall plants.
VELVET QUEEN Sunflower
Magnificent flowers with velvety crimson petals and black hearts. The well-branched plants grow to 5-feet tall. Highly recommended.
AMERICAN GIANT HYBRID Sunflower
The tallest sunflower variety, American Giant can grow to up to 16 feet tall, with stronger stalks than other tall types, and enormous leaves. Plants are topped by 10 inch golden-yellow sunflowers. American Giant makes an excellent background plant or tall screen. To produce the tallest plants and largest flower heads, plant in fertile soil and provide plenty of sun and water.
How to Plant Sunflower seeds
Direct sow into prepared seed beds after all danger of frost. Plant seeds 6 inches apart, ½ inch deep. Thin to 1-1.5 feet apart. Can start early indoors in 2 inch pots or cell packs. Transplant into the garden well before seedlings become root bound.
Direct sow into prepared seed beds 3 inches apart, thin to 6-9 inches apart. Easy to start indoors in 2 inch pots or cell packs.