Varieties of Sunflowers
I've never met a person who does not like sunflowers. Big or small, sunflowers
are bright and cheerful. They are enjoyed by everyone. It's no surprise,
that many home gardeners grow them. And, there's a sunflower for practically
any garden space you have.
As sunflower enthusiasts, the home gardener is fortunate to be able to select
among a wide variety of sunflowers. Listed below, are some of the most popular
varieties of sunflowers available.
Did You Know? Sunflowers always face East, to the rising sun. The
only exception, is multi-headed varieties, which may face any or all directions.
Varieties of Sunflowers:
If you want to make people gawk and stare in awe, grow giant sunflowers.
Giant sunflower plants produce giant sunflower seeds for you, and for the
birds. Giant sunflower seeds are a popular, healthy food source, too.
Mammoth Sunflower -This is the most popular of giant sunflower varieties.
Mammoth grows 7-12 feet tall. These stately plants produce enormous, attractive
heads over a foot across. If the birds don't harvest them first, the seeds
are great for roasting.
American Giant Hybrid - Growers use this variety for competition,
it has among the biggest bloom, and the tallest of plants. Plants reach up
to 16 feet, with 10 inch blooms. Just wait until you see the size of the
Skyscraper - If you are looking for big blooms, Skyscraper sunflower
is the one. The jumbo sized flower grows up to 14 inches across. The plant
grows to 12 feet. The seeds from Skyscraper are big and delicious.
How to Grow Giant Sunflowers
Wee Little Sunflower Varieties:
Dwarf Incredible - Unique, full-size head, golden sunflowers, atop
a plant that grows just two feet. Now, that's incredible.! Great for pots
and containers. Grows just 2 feet tall.
Firecracker - This sunflower produces large quantities of bright,
4 -5 inch mahogany-red and amber-gold, bi-color flowers. Grows 2 - 3 feet
Irish Eyes - Perfect for container gardens. The blooms have golden
petals with a green center. Grows 2 - 2 1/2 feet.
Paquito Colorado - This beautiful sunflowers has a color scheme
reminiscent of the American Southwest. Dark red centers, are surrounded by
multi colored petals. Grows only 18" - 24"
Topolino - This dwarf sunflower. puts on a show with multiple,
bright yellow blooms. it can be grown almost anywhere. Try growing it indoors.
Topolino tops out at two feet tall.
Other Great Sunflower Seed Varieties:
Autumn Beauty - Stately stems bear gold, rust and orange
bicolor blooms. Autumn Beauty Sunflowers grow 4-6 feet tall.
Double Sun Gold - Looking for huge, brilliant gold flowers with an
eye-catching beauty? Try this variety. Plant grows 6 feet tall, and blooms
in about 75-90 days.
Evening Sun - Here's an unusual sunflower. It produces orange, yellow,
red and mahogany blooms with soft, velvety petals. Blooms are about
8 inches in diameter, atop a 6 foot plant.
Italian White - Luscious, 4 inch creamy petals, with a deep, dark
chocolate center. An ideal cut flower. Grows to 5 feet.
Lemon Leopold - This saffron variety is like a sweet wedge of lemon
for your sunflower garden. Grows 5-6 feet.
Magic Roundabout - This variety produces a 4 inch flowers, that blooms
until frost. Flowers are cream with a rose center and apricot with a dark
red center. Grow six feet tall.
Moonshadow - This attractive sunflower opens in a pale yellow, that
rapidly fades to white, surrounding a chocolate center. Moonshadow grows
4 feet tall.
Moonshine -Unique, lemon yellow blooms with a dark brown center, sit
atop a 4 foot plant. Moonshine sunflowers add color mixed within other varieties.
Moulin Rouge (Hybrid) - Moulin Rouge Sunflowers are very popular.
That's because the bloom is an attractive, 4-5 inch diameter, red sunflower
with a dark center. Some people use them as cut flowers. The plant grows
5 feet tall.
Orange Mahogany Bicolor - Orange Mahogany has brilliant shades
of orange. It is truly a standout in your garden. Plant Height: 5-6 feet.
Red Sun - This plant produces vivid crimson red blooms. Its a great
addition to your sunflower garden. The plant grows 5 feet tall.
Ruby Eclipse - This impressive sunflower produces an abundance
of ruby red and creamy lemon yellow tipped blooms, reaching up to 10 inches
in diameter. Grows 5 - 6 feet tall.
Solar Power F1 - The central maroon disc is flanked by a ring of
orange-dipped mahogany petals, creating a spectacular ring of fire to the
bloom.. Plant Height: 5-6 feet.
Stella - 4 - 6 inches bright yellow petals with dark centers seem
to smile at you! Grows 2 -5 feet.
Summer Sun(Ox-Eye) - This sunflower produces warm, orange single to
semi-double blooms with overlapping petals. The plant grows 3-6 feet tall.
It's a perennial (most sunflowers are annuals).
Teddy Bear - The Teddy Bear sunflower is as cute as a bear. The plant
grows just 2 feet tall. It produces really cute, 8 inch, extra double flowers.
This sunflower is understandably popular with kids.
Tithonia / Mexican Sunflower - This plant produces fiery orange, 3-inch
blooms, that look more like daisies than sunflowers. Mexican sunflowers grow
4 feet tall. Also see: How to Grow Tithonia
Velvet Queen - Stately and graceful chestnut-red blossoms. Good
as cut flower and in Fall arrangements. Grows 5 - 7 feet tall.
For More Gardening Resources:
How to Grow Sunflowers
on Sunflowers - at GardenHobbies.com
Roasted Sunflower Seeds- from
Seeds are the rage. Use this recipe to roast your own!