Velvet Queen Sunflower

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Helianthus annuus

Certified Organic Seed

The deep velvet luster of this sunflower is fit for a queen. Its maroon flower heads nod, turn, and royally wave from their high thrones as they follow the sun's arc across the summer sky. Dress up your sunflowers by growing flowering vines like pole beans and morning glories up the stalks. Your queen might just say, "We are amused."

  • Number of Seeds: 100 seeds
  • Spacing in Row: 12 inches
  • Spacing Between Rows: 18 to 36 inches
  • Planting Depth: ¾ to 1 inch
  • Days to Germination: 10 to 14
  • Days to Maturity: 100
  • Height at Maturity: 5 to 7 feet
  • Width at Maturity: 18 to 24 inches

How to grow: Direct sow after frost in a spot where you'd like a tall plant with dramatic impact. 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; this will keep the birds off.

About the artist: Lisa Perrin is a recent college graduate and illustrator. Her botanical Elizabethan monarch, like many of her portraits, mixes familiar elements from the canon of classical art unexpected details.