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PlantFiles: Sunflower
Helianthus annuus 'Moulin Rouge'

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

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
Scarlet (Dark Red)
Dark Purple/Black
Maroon (Purple-Brown)

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
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)

Patent Information:

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

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive westocast73 On Jul 22, 2005, westocast73 from (Zone 1) wrote:

Strong Growth And Branching Habit, Earlier To Bloom Than Other Sunflowers, Amazing Flowers In Either Red Or Brown Tones.

If kept away from late afternoon sun this sunflower will stay darker. When first open the colour is as close to black as I have seen in a sunflower especially in a plant with red tones but the brown toned ones dont seem to get as dark. This sunflower is excellent for cutting and is one of my favourites for its growth and beauty.

Positive PurplePansies On Sep 1, 2004, PurplePansies from Deal, NJ (Zone 7a) wrote:

Moulin Rouge is a very nice albeit unusual sunflower...... the darkest color in any sunflower..... at least that's what I've heard,,,,,,, its is certainly the darkest I've ever seen,,,,,,,,, very dark chocolate mahogany to dark purple black to darkest scarlet like dried blood..... excuse the description This is a richly colored sunflower that blends nicely with lighter colored sunflowers or plants...... plants will be even darker in part shade..... the flowers have a velvety sheen and the discs are black....... not small disc but not large...... nice size flowers are held atop fairly tall plants...... this is a healhty strong growing sunflower..... It's one I grow often....... highly recommended.......


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

Pacific, Missouri
Saint Louis, Missouri
Los Alamos, New Mexico
Cleveland, Ohio
Brazoria, Texas

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