Helianthus, Annual Sunflower, Common Sunflower 'Teddy Bear'

Helianthus annuus

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Helianthus (hee-lee-AN-thus) (Info)
Species: annuus (AN-yoo-us) (Info)
Cultivar: Teddy Bear
Additional cultivar information:(aka Sungold Dwarf, Dwarf Sungold)



Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun



This plant is resistant to deer

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


9-12 in. (22-30 cm)


Not Applicable

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us



Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

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

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Phoenix, Arizona

Menifee, California

Sacramento, California

Santa Clara, California

Halifax, Massachusetts

Stillwater, Minnesota

Carriere, Mississippi

Blair, Nebraska

Denville, New Jersey

Averill Park, New York

College Point, New York

Deposit, New York

Yonkers, New York

Cincinnati, Ohio

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Friedens, Pennsylvania

Mercer, Pennsylvania

Conway, South Carolina

Knoxville, Tennessee

Lenoir City, Tennessee

Austin, Texas

Brazoria, Texas

Denison, Texas

South Jordan, Utah

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Dec 23, 2010, meisgreen from Phoenix, AZ wrote:

Beautiful flower and one of the favorites at the office (although the stem is bulky and doesn't make for the best cut flower). The reason for the neutral is that they don't attact the bees like the other sunflowers do and I want to help the bee population. At least they don't for me.


On Mar 5, 2009, OscarNYC from College Point, NY wrote:

Ordered 2 packets from Millington Seed Co. 6 days ago. They arrived yesterday. Just opened the package an hour ago. ( Fingers crossed) Nice bubble wrapped package, and a sheet of paper inside for extra coziness.) I'm rambling.... I also recieved a pack of radish seeds, although I wasnt charged for it, and I didnt order any. Either way, I wont bother the company for it. So, hopefully they'll grow. I'll take photos and details.


On Aug 18, 2006, rebecca101 from Madison, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:

A great dwarf "teddy bear" type, with fuzzy double flowers. Branched stems have many flowers per plant. I got lots of comments on this plant from other gardeners! Produces the occasional single for me, but mostly double.

Edited to say: this comment was about the dwarf sunflower 'Sungold Dwarf', not 'Teddy Bear'. I don't know how it got added in the wrong place!


On Apr 22, 2003, nathalyn from Knoxville, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

I grow the dwarf teddy bears every year. My plants get about 2 ft high and usually have 10 - 15 blooms on them. I always get lots of compliments on my sunflowers, especially these. Also, the gold finches love the seed - - so I leave the flower heads alone until the birds are finished with them.


On Apr 7, 2003, nebular from Kihei, HI (Zone 12b) wrote:

I started several plants last year from seed, and they sure are a cute addition to a sunflower bed. My plants only got about 12-18" tall, and the flowers were bright yellow puffballs that seemed to be pollen-free.