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PlantFiles: Sunflower
Helianthus annuus 'Velvet Queen'

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

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12 members have or want this plant for trade.


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
Gold (Yellow-Orange)

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:

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
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral RosemaryA On Aug 15, 2008, RosemaryA from Toronto, ON (Zone 5b) wrote:

'Velvet Queen' grew fast and bloomed end of July (planted mid-May). It is attracting lots of pollinators.

I found the colour disappointing; in real life it looks more rusty brown than red.

Positive westocast73 On Jun 3, 2006, westocast73 from (Zone 1) wrote:

Medium Sized Multi-Bloom Sunflower.

Nice height of 4 to 6 feet with most typically being close to 5. The flowers are about 5" wide and are a nice rusty red and are ok for cutting but do have pollen unlike some of the newer pollenless hybrids.


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

Batesville, Arkansas
Antelope, California
Sacramento, California
Aurora, Illinois
Barbourville, Kentucky
Ellicott City, Maryland
Springfield, Massachusetts
Natchez, Mississippi
Averill Park, New York
Taylorsville, North Carolina
Wilmington, North Carolina
Akron, Ohio
Blanco, Texas
Volga, West Virginia

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