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

Category:

Annuals

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Hardiness:

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Blue-Green

Velvet/Fuzzy-Textured

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:

Non-patented

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

Regional

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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Gardeners' Notes:

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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

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.