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PlantFiles: Sunflower
Helianthus annuus 'Strawberry Blonde'

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

19 members have or want this plant for trade.


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow
Maroon (Purple-Brown)

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Unknown - Tell us

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
Flowers are good for cutting

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

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

Seed Collecting:
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1 positive
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral BUFFY690 On Jun 30, 2011, BUFFY690 from Prosperity, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:

Seedlings up about 6inches. Can't wait should be ready in time for the oldest gals birthday...great cutting bouquets I see.

Positive badhuman On Mar 18, 2008, badhuman from Colorado Springs, CO wrote:

My seed packet says they need full light, 7-21 days to germinate, 18in of plant spacing and they grow to be 6 feet tall.

It also says to sow in average garden soil in spring after danger of frost. Sow seeds 9in apart and cover with 1/2in of fine soil. Thin seedlings when plants are 3in high.

I just planted these seeds a couple weeks ago and from the initial batch only four seeds germinated successfully but the seeds were a couple years old and they had been stored wherever they ended up so...

I don't know if they will end up being true to the picture on the seed packet.

Neutral PurplePansies On Aug 27, 2004, PurplePansies from Deal, NJ (Zone 7a) wrote:

If I get a picture I'll upload one...... strawberry blonde is supposed to be a yellow and pink sunflower....... well the sunflower isn't really vaguely pink........ it's mostly maroon like many sunflowers....... there is a vague pink effect ........ and some flowers look more like dark cherry but no pink......... there is pale yellow so I guess this flower is not strawberry but blonde........ a better name might be black cherry blonde........ It is bicolored and looks like most of the bicolored with a dark ring around the center....... not pink and nothing special...... still pretty though........


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

Colorado Springs, Colorado
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
La Grange Park, Illinois
Halifax, Massachusetts
Lincoln, Nebraska

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