HELIANTHUS Annuus 'Autumn Beauty' (Sunflower - Autumn Beauty) is a captivating variety of the common sunflower. It is highly regarded for its diverse range of warm and vibrant flower colors, resembling the hues of autumn.
'Autumn Beauty' Sunflower is a tall annual plant that typically grows to a height of 5 to 7 feet (1.5 to 2.1 meters) and spreads about 2 to 3 feet (60 to 90 cm) wide. It has sturdy, hairy stems and large, rough-textured leaves. The plant produces multiple flower heads at the top of each stem.
The flower heads of 'Autumn Beauty' Sunflower are the highlight of this variety. They come in a wide array of warm colors, including shades of yellow, orange, red, and bronze. Each flower head consists of a dark brown center, known as the disc florets, surrounded by vibrant ray florets in various autumnal hues. The flower heads are large, reaching up to 6 inches (15 cm) in diameter.
'Autumn Beauty' Sunflower typically blooms from mid-summer to fall, depending on the specific growing conditions and climate. The flowering period can last several weeks, providing a burst of vibrant colors reminiscent of autumn and attracting pollinators to the garden. The large and colorful flowers of 'Autumn Beauty' Sunflower are attractive to pollinators, including bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects. They provide a valuable nectar and pollen source. Additionally, the mature seeds produced by the plant are highly favored by birds, making this variety a great addition to wildlife gardens.
Helianthus annuus 'Autumn Beauty' thrives in full sun and well-drained soil. It is adaptable to various soil types, including sandy or loamy soils. Regular watering is needed, especially during dry periods, to support healthy growth and flowering. The tall stature of this sunflower variety may require staking to prevent the stems from bending or breaking under the weight of the flower heads.
'Autumn Beauty' Sunflower is generally low-maintenance. Deadheading spent flowers can help promote prolonged blooming and prevent seed formation. However, allowing some seed heads to mature can provide food for birds and contribute to the natural reseeding of the plant. Supporting the stems with stakes or a small trellis may be beneficial to prevent them from bending or breaking under windy conditions.
'Autumn Beauty' Sunflower (Helianthus annuus) is a stunning variety that adds a burst of warm and vibrant colors to gardens and landscapes. With its diverse range of autumnal hues, it can create a captivating and ever-changing display. Whether grown for its ornamental value, wildlife attraction, or as a source of cut flowers, 'Autumn Beauty' Sunflower can bring a touch of vibrant beauty to any garden setting.
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Scientific Name: Helianthus Annuus
Common Name: Autumn Beauty
Plant Type: Annual
Family: Asteraceae or daisy family
Native Range: Central and Southern America, Mexico
Full Growth Height: 60-90"
Spread: 36-72 "
Exposure: Full Sun
Blooming Season: Summer (Middle peak season), Portion of Autumn
Attracts: Squirrels, Aphids and white flies
Flower Shape: Giant round
Flower Color: Bright yellow with brown centers, copper red, orange and bi-colored
Resistant: Drought, Deer, Rabbit
Water Requirement: 672.4 mm/season or 7.1 mm/day
Soil Type: Any kind of soil as long as it is not waterlogged
Soil pH: Slightly acidic soil with pH between 6.0 and 7.5
Uses: Vegetable cooking oil, Bird food, Edible seeds