HELIANTHUS Annuus 'Lemon Queen' (Sunflower - Lemon Queen) is a variety of the common sunflower. It is prized for its large, lemon-yellow flowers and its ability to attract pollinators to the garden.
'Lemon Queen' Sunflower is a tall annual plant that typically grows to a height of 5 to 8 feet (1.5 to 2.4 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 a single large flower head at the top of each stem.
The flower head of 'Lemon Queen' Sunflower is the highlight of this variety. It is composed of a dark brown center, known as the disc florets, surrounded by bright lemon-yellow ray florets. The ray florets are typically numerous and slightly drooping, creating an attractive display. The flower heads are large, reaching up to 6 inches (15 cm) in diameter.
'Lemon Queen' 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 color and attracting pollinators to the garden. The large and vibrant flowers of 'Lemon Queen' 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 'Lemon Queen' 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.
'Lemon Queen' 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.
'Lemon Queen' Sunflower is typically grown from seeds. Sow the seeds directly into the garden soil after the danger of frost has passed, or start them indoors a few weeks earlier and transplant the seedlings outdoors. Provide adequate spacing between plants to accommodate their size. The plants will benefit from regular watering, especially during dry spells, to support healthy growth and flowering.
'Lemon Queen' Sunflower (Helianthus annuus) is a striking variety known for its large, lemon-yellow flowers and its appeal to pollinators and birds. With its vibrant blooms and tall stature, it can create a focal point in the garden or provide a backdrop for other plants. Whether grown for its ornamental value, wildlife attraction, or as a source of cut flowers, 'Lemon Queen' Sunflower can bring a bright and cheerful presence to any garden setting.
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