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Sunflower 'Sunspot'

Helianthus annuus

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Helianthus (hee-lee-AN-thus) (Info)
Species: annuus (AN-yoo-us) (Info)
Cultivar: Sunspot



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


15-18 in. (38-45 cm)


Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun



Bloom Color:

Pale Yellow

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall



This plant is resistant to deer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Madison, Alabama

Capitola, California

Oakland, California

Longmont, Colorado

Halifax, Massachusetts

Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 10, 2016, dorisv from Oakland, CA wrote:

Wonderful compact and sturdy sunflower for containers. I grew three seeds in a 4in container then transplanted into a large ceramic pot. I did not even amend the soil and used what was leftover from last year's planting. The sunflowers still thrived beautifully. They grew to about 2ft and had 8-9in heads each. Would highly recommend to anyone needing a compact sunflower.


On Jul 15, 2013, NicoleC from Madison, AL (Zone 7b) wrote:

Although this is definitely a dwarf sunflower, all of mine are about 3-4' tall instead of the reported 2'. Additionally, the heads do not track the sun but instead hang down toward the ground, which makes this one somewhat disappointing from an ornamental standpoint. However, like all sunflowers it is very attractive to beneficial pollinators and the flower heads are surprisingly large for such a small stalk.


On Sep 10, 2008, CurtisJones from Longmont, CO wrote:

From your friends at Botanical Interests: If you don't have room to grow giant sunflowers, try Sunspot. These 18"-24" tall plants have 10" wide blooms that appear about 60-90 days after sowing. They make dramatic cut flowers (one may fill a vase), and are fun for kids - just their size! You can grow them in containers, plant them as an annual hedge, or tuck them into just about any sunny spot in the garden. Like taller giant sunflowers, the seeds are edible and make a tasty snack.