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Sunflowers: Helianthus annuus 'Valentine'

Botanical name: Helianthus annuus 'Valentine'

Common name: sunflower

also known as (comb flower, St. Bartholomew's star, golden flower of Peru, golden)

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Photo credit: Renee's Garden
Sunflowers: Helianthus annuus 'Valentine'
Sunflowers: Helianthus annuus 'Valentine'
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Soil: damp, acidic, clay
Sun:
  
Zones: 4a thru 11a
Care:
easy
Lifespan:
annual
Category:   
Attributes:

fall interest, bird attracting, butterfly attracting, bee attracting, edible

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description for "Sunflowers: Helianthus annuus 'Valentine'"

These florist-quality beauties look like an artist carefully arranged their crisp, lemon sherbet colored petals around dark chocolate centers. Who can resist these cheery lemon-yellow blooms with their winking black central eyes? The branching plants grow quickly to bear a profusion of 4 to 5 inch flowers of exceptionally perfect form and beauty. Blooms up to 2 weeks earlier than most sunflowers and stays in bloom several weeks longer than other sunflowers. You’ll have the extended pleasure of their fresh, bright flower faces to celebrate the sun as well as lots of lavish bouquets to shine indoors. Grows about 5 feet tall with 30 inch branching stems ideal for cutting. A Fleuroselect Award Winner. Sunflowers cheer up any garden setting with their bright, nodding heads, and are fashionable in flower arrangements. Birds love their edible seeds. Growing these colorful flowers is easy and rewarding. Simply plant seeds after danger of frost in any sunny spot. Make several sowings 3 weeks apart to have a succession of flowers in full bloom. Keep soil moist and well weeded and protect seedlings from birds with netting of plastic berry baskets, removing before plants get crowded. – edited by dtd pbcouchman

History:

Helianthus annuus is native to North America.

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