What to know about sunflowers –
they are large annual and perennial plants with large bright yellow ray florets on the outside and yellow or maroon disc florets inside. Sunflower plants can grow as high as 120 in (300 cm). You find them along road sides in many mid-western and southern states. Sunflowers give you a burst of yellow color that looks great against home and shed sides, fences, and in backgrounds with other perennial flowers.
- You find them along road sides in many mid-western and southern states. Sunflowers give you a burst of yellow color that looks great against home and shed sides, fences, and in backgrounds with other perennial flowers.
- During growth, sunflowers tilt during the day to face the sun but stop once they begin blooming. By the time they are mature, sunflowers generally face east.
- REFERENCE: wikipedia
Where to grow:
in sunny locations along roadsides, against barns and sheds, fences, and in garden beds as a backdrop with other perennial flowers. Sunflowers require full sun and are heat- and drought-tolerant. They are a plant that can become invasive if not kept under control.
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Sunflowers have tall stocks with large florets; however, you can find some sunflower varieties that are low growing. It is best to plant them against a sunny, side wall – such as a house, barn, shed or other outside structure such as fences – for support and background.
- They can be planted in garden beds as a backdrop – however, you made need to stake them up to support the stem. They must be planted in sunny (for 6-8 hours of full sun), well-drained and soil rich locations.
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You can harvest sunflowers each season for its nutritious seed. Sunflower seeds can be used as a tasty snack, stored to be replanted next year, and used to feed the birds during the winter.
- You will find large sunflower production farms that grow sunflowers for commercial seed and sunflower oil. So consider your sunflower garden as both a floral and food garden. Using the right planting conditions can give you both colorful beauty and an end-of-season harvest.
- INFO: all about sunflowers from the sunflower association
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Summary:Light: full sun
Soil: loamy, sandy
Height: 1-3 feet; 3-8 feet; 8-20 feet
Width: 1-3 feet
Flower: orange, red, yellow
Season: summer blooms, fall harvest
Features: low maintenance, good for containers, cut flowers, attracts birds and butterflies
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