Skyscraper Sunflower

Certified Organic

Helianthus annuus

Nearly a tree in one short season.

From a tiny seed to a 12' tower in just one season: giant sunflowers such as these are vessels of unrestrained garden joy, metaphors of garden power. Domesticated by Native Americans, pre-Columbus sunflowers were smaller and bore fewer seeds than those we know today. It wasn't until the 1500s that sunflower seeds made their way to Europe, eventually arriving in Europe, where they were selected for their size, oilseed production, and beauty. A tall plant with a deep history!


Art Pack (50 seeds) $4.79 In Stock

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Direct sow after threat of frost has passed, or start indoors up to 2 weeks earlier. Sow seeds 2-3 per foot, then thin to 18" spacing when seedlings are established. Plant in full sun. Tolerates poor soil and infrequent watering. Grow up to 12' high: stake to support, and plant where they will not shade out other full sun crops. Seeds can be roasted for eating or put in bird feeders.

Days to Maturity 75
Planting Depth 1"
Spacing in Row 18"
Spacing Between Rows 24-36"
Sun Preference Full Sun

Artwork by Dion Yannatos. When you look up on an overcast day in the city, sometimes the tops of the skyscrapers fade away into the atmosphere. Dion's large-scale oil painting depicts these sunflowers as tall enough to reach the same heights.

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