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PlantFiles: Sunflower
Helianthus annuus 'Autumn Beauty'

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

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24 members have or want this plant for trade.


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

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid 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

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:
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

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2 neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral darylmitchell On Sep 22, 2009, darylmitchell from Saskatoon, SK (Zone 3a) wrote:

These are very attractive sunflowers and easy to grow from seed. We ended up with several towering plants almost 12 feet tall, with many yellow-orange flowers. Unfortunately, about half of them got blown over by the wind. Those that blew over but remained rooted still kept growing - the tips simply turned upward. I would recommend staking these unless in a sheltered location.

Positive Photographer On Apr 22, 2007, Photographer from Moxee, WA (Zone 4a) wrote:

By mid August the sunflowers are 6 ft tall and in full bloom. I often sit in the garden around 7 a.m. in a white wicker chair watching a pair of Goldfinches perched on the tops of the larger blooms. They love sunflowers. Apparently the natural food and their blending into the scenery make the birds very prone to finding sunflowers as a food source. The Goldfinches must be the main source of spreading the seeds. This spring we have 10 times as many sunflower sprouts coming up in our garden and a even in the gravel driveway on the outer side of the fence. I'm going to have to tell the neighbors to come and get some for themselves.

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

5-8' tall plants can have up to two dozen flowers open at the same time.

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

Medium sized Multi-Bloom sunflowers in fall colours.

These sunflower grow to about 6 feet in height. Some as tall as 8 feet and some shorter around 5 feet. They produce a few blooms per plant in many different colours and sizes. This is not a particular plant but a blend of Hybrid sunflowers in fall colours. They do ok as a cut flower and are pollenless. The stems are not as strong as other sunflowers so this one might need to be staked in windy conditions. All in all not a bad blend of hybrid sunflowers.


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

Bigelow, Arkansas
Richmond, California
Lutz, Florida
Naples, Florida
Indianapolis, Indiana
Coopersville, Michigan
Dearborn Heights, Michigan
La Crescent, Minnesota
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Grants Pass, Oregon
Meshoppen, Pennsylvania
Brazoria, Texas
Moxee, Washington

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