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.

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.

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Current Staff's Favorite Plant

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Helianthus 'Sheila's Sunshine', Persicaria 'Summer Dance', and Selinum wallichianum

Helianthus ‘Sheila’s Sunshine - P-0461

The sunflower was once an emblem of the Sun God of the Incas. Our sunflowers tolerate a wide range of garden soils, attract bees, and make great cut flowers. Blooms early August – October.

Persicaria ‘Summer Dance’ - P-1312

With foliage that’s close to lime-green, and spiky floral tails that approach the scarlet spectrum of rosy pink, this slow spreading perennial is sure to please. Happiest in semishade with ample moisture. Blooms August–November.

Selinum wallichianum - P-1406

This refined Himalayan beauty happens to be one of our favorite perennial umbellifers. With untold elegance, infinitely divided leaves craft a delicate, lacelike transparency. The compact yet airy green canopy is framed by distinctive, purple-infused branching stems that elevate a charming, late season display of white flattened umbels.

Subduing the riotous array of summertime blooms, it seldom needs staking, and appreciates a well draining moist niche. Blooms June–August.

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