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PlantFiles: Sunflower
Helianthus annuus 'Teddy Bear'

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Helianthus (hee-lee-AN-thus) (Info)
Species: annuus (AN-yoo-us) (Info)
Cultivar: Teddy Bear
Additional cultivar information: (aka Sungold Dwarf, Dwarf Sungold)

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31 members have or want this plant for trade.


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
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:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

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

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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2 positives
3 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral meisgreen On Dec 23, 2010, meisgreen from Phoenix, AZ wrote:

Beautiful flower and one of the favorites at the office (although the stem is bulky and doesn't make for the best cut flower). The reason for the neutral is that they don't attact the bees like the other sunflowers do and I want to help the bee population. At least they don't for me.

Neutral OscarNYC On Mar 5, 2009, OscarNYC from College Point, NY wrote:

Ordered 2 packets from Millington Seed Co. 6 days ago. They arrived yesterday. Just opened the package an hour ago. ( Fingers crossed) Nice bubble wrapped package, and a sheet of paper inside for extra coziness.) I'm rambling.... I also recieved a pack of radish seeds, although I wasnt charged for it, and I didnt order any. Either way, I wont bother the company for it. So, hopefully they'll grow. I'll take photos and details.

Positive rebecca101 On Aug 18, 2006, rebecca101 from Madison, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:

A great dwarf "teddy bear" type, with fuzzy double flowers. Branched stems have many flowers per plant. I got lots of comments on this plant from other gardeners! Produces the occasional single for me, but mostly double.

Edited to say: this comment was about the dwarf sunflower 'Sungold Dwarf', not 'Teddy Bear'. I don't know how it got added in the wrong place!

Positive nathalyn On Apr 22, 2003, nathalyn from Knoxville, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

I grow the dwarf teddy bears every year. My plants get about 2 ft high and usually have 10 - 15 blooms on them. I always get lots of compliments on my sunflowers, especially these. Also, the gold finches love the seed - - so I leave the flower heads alone until the birds are finished with them.

Neutral nebular On Apr 7, 2003, nebular from Kihei, HI (Zone 12b) wrote:

I started several plants last year from seed, and they sure are a cute addition to a sunflower bed. My plants only got about 12-18" tall, and the flowers were bright yellow puffballs that seemed to be pollen-free.


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

Phoenix, Arizona
Menifee, California
Sacramento, California
Santa Clara, California
Halifax, Massachusetts
Stillwater, Minnesota
Carriere, Mississippi
Blair, Nebraska
Denville, New Jersey
Averill Park, New York
College Point, New York
Deposit, New York
Yonkers, New York
Cincinnati, Ohio
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Friedens, Pennsylvania
Mercer, Pennsylvania
Conway, South Carolina
Knoxville, Tennessee
Lenoir City, Tennessee
Austin, Texas
Brazoria, Texas
Denison, Texas

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