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Helianthus (Sunflower)
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Including Helianthus angustifolius, Helianthus giganteus, Helianthus laetiflorus, and Helianthus x multiflorus

Helianthus

Sunflower

The sunflower was once an emblem of the Sun God of the Incas. This well-loved genus is 150 species strong and includes not only sprightly garden plants but commercially important food and oil crops.

Our easy-to-grow selections tolerate a wide range of garden soils, attract bees, and make great cut flowers.

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Helianthus angustifolius  full sun  partial shade  drought tolerant
Swamp Sunflower

A cheerful mop of clustered golden yellow daisies crest towering, 6 ft. tall valiant stems guised with leathery needle-like rich green leaves. One of the last perennial Sunflowers to bloom, this striking American native flaunts copious large flowers, each defined by nearly 15 sun-stained petals encompassing a purplish brown cone. Hard to miss, even from a distance, the Swamp Sunflower’s brilliant persona can grace the perennial border, stylized meadow or butterfly garden, where it grows well among Asters and Schizachyrium, wards off deer and relishes sunny moist niches, but acquiesces to other conditions.

Blooms September-October

Size: 6' 0" high x 2' 0"–3' 0" wide; hardy to zone 5.

Helianthus angustifolius (P-1681)
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Helianthus angustifolius ‘Gold Lace’  full sun  partial shade
Swamp Sunflower

Rugged, slender and deep green, ‘Gold Lace’s fine textured leaves and strong stems frame a verdant lacy tower all season long. Magnificent, 2 in. wide golden yellow flowers burst open in such bold profusion that this undemanding U.S. native becomes the star of the late summer border, headlining an unbeatable grand finale. Adored by butterflies, gardeners and florists, ‘Gold Lace’ thwarts bunnies and dry conditions once established, doesn’t require staking or much fertilizer and looks absolutely sublime accompanying Asters and Molinias.

Blooms late September–October.

Size: 4' 0"–5' 0" high x 2' 0"–3' 0" wide; hardy to zone 6.

Helianthus angustifolius ‘Gold Lace’ (P-1698)
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Helianthus angustifolius ‘Matanzas Creek’  full sun

Originally discovered as a chance seedling at Matanzas Creek Winery in northern California and visible from literally ½ mile away, abundant pale yellow flowers cover the upper third of this extravagant perennial. Ours bask in their glory near the pond, along with other late bloomers like Salvia corrugata and Miscanthus ‘Adagio’.

Blooms September–early November.

Size: 7' 0" high x 3' 0" wide; hardy to zone 6.

Helianthus angustifolius ‘Matanzas Creek’ (P-0534)
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Helianthus ‘Undaunted (Tm) Lemon Max (Dakota Queen)’  full sun

Noted horticulturist, David Salman from High Country Gardens kindly sent us this dazzling Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ and Helianthus maximiliana ‘Dakota Sunshine’ cross selected from seedlings originating at Lauren Springer and Scott Ogden’s Colorado residence. A vigorous selection for regions with short growing seasons, ‘Dakota Queen’ releases a buoyant flood of bright yellow daisies that crown tall stocky reddish stems clad in rough deep green linear leaves. Blooming by the middle of August, far earlier than most maximiliana species, its regal texture-rich visage is tough, reliable and capable of handling clay soil.

Blooms mid-August–early October.

Size: 5' 0"–6' 0" high x 3' 0"–5' 0" wide; hardy to zone 4.

Helianthus ‘Undaunted (Tm) Lemon Max (Dakota Queen)’ (p-1804)
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Helianthus giganteus ‘Sheila’s Sunshine’  full sun
Giant Pale Yellow Sunflower

Late blooming pastel yellow flowers gaze down at onlookers from atop lofty, sturdy stems. Combine with Buddleja ‘Ellen’s Blue’, Calamagrostis ‘Karl Foerster’ and tall, late Asters in the rear of the border.

Blooms early August – October

Size: 6' 0"–10' 0" high x 2' 0"–3' 0" wide; hardy to zone 6.

Helianthus giganteus ‘Sheila’s Sunshine’ (P-0461)
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Helianthus hirsutus  full sun  partial shade
Woodland Sunflower

A celebrated American denizen often found in open woodlands, prairies and along roadsides, this Sunflower’s ebullient yellow face belies its resilient nature. The dense colony of upright wine-hued stems and rough lanceolate leaves can handle neglect, drought, and sun or shade.

Enticing to bees, butterflies, and gardeners alike, yellow 2 in. wide, broad-petaled and brown-centered blooms burst forth from round, spiky-looking green buds. Even though the long lasting jaunty display signals summer’s end, the good-sized chocolate-colored seed heads keep the birds happy and our interest sparked.

Blooms August–October.

Size: 5' 0"–6' 0" high x 3' 0" wide; hardy to zone 3.

Helianthus hirsutus (P-1383)
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Helianthus laetiflorus ‘Lemon Queen’  full sun
Helianthus laetiflorus Lemon Queen

‘Lemon Queen’s cloud of citrus yellow daisies will quench your thirst for color and cheer, while robust columns of deep green foliage make a strong architectural statement in the border or meadow planting.

Blooms August–October.

Size: 7' 0" high x 3' 0" wide; hardy to zone 4.

Helianthus laetiflorus ‘Lemon Queen’ (P-0535)
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Helianthus maximiliana ‘Santa Fe’  full sun

As summer fades into fall, this native New Mexican sunflower bursts into abundant bloom with gorgeous large, golden yellow flowers. Dark green, long and narrow pointed leaves create an eye catching colonnade several months before the top half of each red-tinged, sturdy stem gives way to the closely arranged, fulgent daisies.

Putting on one of the latest and unequivocally finest autumn displays, regal ‘Santa Fe’ stands in sharp relief to the violet-hued Aconitums in our border.

Blooms September–October.

Size: 6' 0"–8' 0" high x 3' 0" wide; hardy to zone 4.

Helianthus maximiliana ‘Santa Fe’ (P-1213)
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Helianthus x multiflorus ‘Capenoch Star’  full sun
Helianthus x multiflorus Capenoch Star

Touted as one of the best late flowering perennials and considered a shining star amongst other Helianthus, ‘Capenoch Star’ headlines big-centered, large lemon- yellow blooms borne in cheerful abundance. Tidy forest green leaves bolster the sunny display, which bears some semblance to its annual cousin and looks positively radiant with a sweep of frothy white Persicaria polymorpha and Salvia ‘Blue Ensign’ in Great Dixter’s long border.

Blooms August – October.

Size: 4' 0"–5' 0" high x 2' 0"–3' 0" wide; hardy to zone 4.

Helianthus x multiflorus ‘Capenoch Star’ (P-1526)
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