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Helianthus annuus 'Music Box'

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

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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:
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:
Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral berrygirl On Mar 5, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Plants normally 24-30" tall and heads are typically 5".

Positive westocast73 On Sep 1, 2005, westocast73 from (Zone 1) wrote:

Dwarf Multi-bloom sunflowers in different shades.

These dwarf sunflowers grow from 18 to 24 inches. Mine were closer to 18 inches for the most part. Each plant produced about 4 o5 r flowers for me in different colours and most with a halo effect. These bloomed earlier than other sunflower and were pretty much done by the time the bigger sunflowers started to bloom. The shorter stems on them didnt make them ideal for cutting but with a short vase they did alright. Personally these look great in a planter that can be moved to your fron when they flower and moved to the backyard when they are done.

Positive mrsmitty On Nov 19, 2003, mrsmitty from Jacksonville, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

I plant 2 or three in gallon sized pots and just before they bloom I set the pots into the ground by my front flower garden for a pretty back row of dwarf sunflowers. They only get about 20"-25" and look great for the 2-3 weeks of blooming. I don't cut the flower heads off and save them for seed, but some people I know cut the first flower head off and create a fun 'bush' with many small flowers.


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

Jacksonville, Florida
Manteno, Illinois
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Lenoir City, Tennessee

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