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PlantFiles: Sunflower
Helianthus annuus 'Sunspot'

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

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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


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season
This plant is resistant to deer

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:
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Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral NicoleC 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.

Positive CurtisJones 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.


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

Madison, Alabama
Capitola, California
Longmont, Colorado
Halifax, Massachusetts

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