Velvet Queen Sunflower

Certified Organic Seed

Helianthus annuus

Regal 5' burnt orange sunflower.

The deep velvet luster of this sunflower suggests its lofty station in the royal garden hierarchy. Its maroon flower heads nod, turn, and wave regally from their high thrones as they follow the sun’s arc across the summer sky. Not content just to hover above loftily, sunflower blooms are useful, too: their seeds provide sustenance for migratory birds, oil for cooking, ornaments for palaces, and snacks for hungry humans of every class.

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Art Pack (100 seeds) $3.95 In Stock
100 Seeds $3.75 In Stock
1 Ounce $7.50 In Stock
4 Ounces $18.95 In Stock

Direct sow after frost. 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 to keep the birds off.

Days to Germination 10-14 days
Days to Maturity 100 days
Planting Depth ¾-1"
Spacing in Row 12"
Spacing Between Rows 18-36"
Height at Maturity 5-7'
Width at Maturity 18-24"
Sun Preference Full to Partial Sun

Artwork by Lisa Perrin. Lisa Perrin created the original art for this pack in 2011. Since then she’s grown as an artist. She created this updated version, nodding to the old art (hanging on the wall) and adding new elements that tell the global story of sunflower cultivation.

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