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Velvet Queen Sunflower Art Pack

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  • Art Pack by Lisa Perrin.
  • Maroons.
  • Velvety.
  • Original painting for the pack.

Velvet Queen Sunflower

Helianthus annuus

Certified Organic Seed

Maroon blooms add a splash of royal air to any garden landscape.

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The deep velvet luster of this sunflower is fit for a queen. Its maroon flower heads nod, turn, and royally wave from their high thrones as they follow the sun's arc across the summer sky. Dress up your sunflowers by growing flowering vines like pole beans and morning glories up the stalks. Your queen might just say, "We are amused."

Quick Facts

Number of Seeds 100 seeds
Spacing in Row 12 inches
Spacing Between Rows 18 to 36 inches
Planting Depth ¾ to 1 inch
Days to Germination 10 to 14
Days to Maturity 100
Height at Maturity 5 to 7 feet
Width at Maturity 18 to 24 inches

How to Grow

Direct sow after frost in a spot where you'd like a tall plant with dramatic impact. This queen casts shade, so consider smaller plants in the vicinity when planting. Good soil and plenty of water result in the largest plants, but sunflowers are tenacious and succeed in less than ideal conditions. To save seeds, cover ripe flower heads with paper bags; this will keep the birds off.

About the Artist

Art by Lisa Perrin. Lisa is a recent college graduate and illustrator. Her botanical Elizabethan monarch, like many of her portraits, mixes familiar elements from the canon of classical art unexpected details.

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