Sunflower
Helianthus annuus 'Evening Sun'

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Helianthus (hee-lee-AN-thus) (Info)
Species: annuus (AN-yoo-us) (Info)
Cultivar: Evening Sun
Additional cultivar information:(aka Abendsonne)

Category:

Annuals

Height:

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)

Spacing:

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

Hardiness:

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Scarlet (Dark Red)

Dark Purple/Black

Maroon (Purple-Brown)

Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Blue-Green

Velvet/Fuzzy-Textured

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

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:

Aurora, Colorado

Longmont, Colorado

Carrollton, Georgia

Norcross, Georgia

Waynesboro, Mississippi

Cleveland, Ohio

Austin, Texas

Castlewood, Virginia

Virginia Beach, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Jan 5, 2009, LiliMerci from North of Atlanta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

On the Burpee seeds packet it said: Deep red, gold and burgundy shades with brown disks. Attractive single and semi-double flowers reach 8-10" in diameter. Ideal for back borders and cutting. Annual.

Positive

On Sep 10, 2008, CurtisJones from Longmont, CO wrote:

From your friends at Botanical Interests: This exotic-looking sunflower has 4"-6" blooms in fiery shades of red, orange, and burgundy with dark centers. Plants reach 6'-8' tall and look like dazzling jewels when the sun shines through the petals. They have a long bloom period, make pretty cut flowers, and birds will enjoy the seeds on plants that are left standing in fall and winter.