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Sunflower x laetiflorus

Helianthus x laetiflorus, Perennial Sunflower, Showy Sunflower

Hardy Perennial

A true perennial Sunflower adding height and colour to perennial borders, flowering in their first year. Stunning bright yellow 10-12cm (4-5in) diameter blooms with deep yellow centres, will brighten your garden over a long period attracting birds and butterflies. Height: 150-180cm (5-6ft).


Companion planting: Try growing sunflowers with chives to deter aphids.


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Culinary note: Some parts of these flowers are edible. Try toasting the seed kernels for a healthy snack. For more details about edible flowers click here.

Ideal For:
cottage gardens, wildlife gardens, cut flower garden
Flowering Period:
August, September, October
Sowing Months:
February, March, April
Position:
full sun
    • 1 packet (25 sunflower seeds)

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    • £2.99
Sow February to April. Sow seeds individually in 7.5cm (3in) pots and place on a warm windowsill or in a heated propagator at a temperature of 18-21C (65-70F), until after germination which usually takes 7-21 days.

Grow on seedlings in a cold frame and gradually acclimatise plants to cooler conditions for a few weeks before planting out after all risk of frost, 45-60cm (18-24in) apart.

Grows in all soil types in borders in full sun.

Plants are best cut down in the autumn after flowering. Plants may form spreading rhizomatous roots once established.

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