Sunflower
Helianthus annuus 'Italian White'

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

Category:

Annuals

Height:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Spacing:

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Hardiness:

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Pale Yellow

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Foliage:

Herbaceous

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 pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Regional

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

Menifee, California

Redwood City, California

Richmond, California

San Anselmo, California

Valdosta, Georgia

Manson, Iowa

Halifax, Massachusetts

Perrineville, New Jersey

Akron, Ohio

Mount Orab, Ohio

Maryville, Tennessee

Austin, Texas

Winnsboro, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Nov 21, 2005, westocast73 from (Zone 1) wrote:

4 Ft Multi- Headed Heirloom Sunflower

The colour is very pretty. The flowers are smaller, 3 inches typically. They do well as cut flowers. The plant itself tends to be more wispy than other sunflowers, having thinner branches and branching out everywhere. This is really nice, though, as it tends to get quite a few flowers and seem quite full. It works well planted in a row to make a small hedge. I really enjoy this variety and its definitely a nice change of pace from the typical bright colours of sunflowers. It is one of my favourite plants to grow at the cottage as it does bring the birds as others have said. =)

Positive

On Sep 1, 2004, daru from Allentown, NJ (Zone 7a) wrote:

This is a delightful, fast growing sunflower. It blooms in less time than other sunflower varieties - and keeps on blooming for months. Each plant produces many side branches that goldfinches just love to sit on.

Positive

On Jan 27, 2003, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

The white/creamy yellow flowers are a nice change of pace to the typical warm colors associated with sunflowers.