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PlantFiles: Sunflower
Helianthus annuus 'Chianti'

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

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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


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; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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2 positives
2 neutrals
2 negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative susansconi On Aug 20, 2011, susansconi from Rumford, RI (Zone 5b) wrote:

I grew Chianti with several other sunflowers, and Chianti was tied with one other as my least favorite. The color was pretty, but only had a few branches,the foliage was poor, and it just looked weak next to the other fuller, more productive ones. Hardly any buds, compared to the others -which probably made it look worse. I love sunflowers, but should've read reviews prior to planting!

Neutral mindyk37 On Aug 27, 2009, mindyk37 from Poland, IN wrote:

I absolutely love this plant, but I planted a whole packet of seed and not one plant grew! Granted it is VERY poor, very hard soil where it was planted. I'll compost and try again next year!

Negative LenaBeanNZ On Sep 26, 2007, LenaBeanNZ from Brisbane
Australia (Zone 10b) wrote:

I grew Chianti last year with pitiful results. Only two weak little plants from a whole packet of seed, and only one decent, if small flower. The other flowers were so deformed and fleshy they could barely open unfortuntely. Multiple flowers along each main stem, on very short little laterals.
I grew alot of other sunflowers very successfully, so maybe it was a bad batch of seed. The one flower was a great colour though, so I will include a picture of it. Looking very alone, its almost hard to spot it!
I am trying my luck with Moulin Rouge this season.

Positive saanansandy On Feb 27, 2007, saanansandy from Sue, RI (Zone 6a) wrote:

I have started these sunflowers direct by seed for the past two years with wonderful success. The stems were strong, multi-stemmed. Although many of the multi-stems are very short making it difficult to use many of them for cutting. I entered this sunflower at the county fair both years and received blue ribbons both times. Visitors have always made positive comments about them.

Neutral westocast73 On Aug 25, 2005, westocast73 from (Zone 1) wrote:

Dark 3 to 5 inch Flowers Multi-Sunflower on 4 to 5 foot Plants.

The colour is nice but I liked Moulin Rouge better. This one produced smaller flowers on weaker stems and had weaker growth and not as heavy a brancher as Moulin Rouge. Moulin Rouge also flowered a month earlier and kept on flowering as long as Chianti even though Chianti took an extra month to start flowering. Moulin Rouge also seemed to last a day or two longer as a cut flower than Chianti. All in all it is a nice sunflower that wasnt terrible but I believe Moulin Rouge to be a much better choice and will grow more Moulin Rouge next year and no Chianti.

Positive kniphofia On Feb 21, 2005, kniphofia from Morpeth
United Kingdom (Zone 8a) wrote:

A most beautiful dark selection of this wonderful annual. Some of my flowers were almost black. I intend to plant a lot more this coming summer to use as cut flowers.

Highly recommended!


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

Mobile, Alabama
Jacksonville, Florida
Greentown, Indiana
Skowhegan, Maine
Halifax, Massachusetts
Westborough, Massachusetts
Springfield, Missouri
Blair, Nebraska
Rumford, Rhode Island
Wood River Junction, Rhode Island
Austin, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Lakewood, Washington

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