HELIANTHUS Annuus 'Sunspot' (Sunflower, Dwarf Single - Sunspot) is a compact variety of the common sunflower. It is prized for its shorter stature and large, bright yellow flowers.
'Sunspot' Sunflower is a dwarf variety that typically grows to a height of 1 to 3 feet (30 to 90 cm) and spreads about 1 to 2 feet (30 to 60 cm) wide. It has sturdy stems and broad, heart-shaped leaves. The plant produces a single large flower head at the top of each stem.
The flower head of 'Sunspot' Sunflower is the main attraction. It is composed of a dark brown center, known as the disc florets, surrounded by bright yellow ray florets. The ray florets are typically numerous and create a vibrant display. The flower heads are relatively large in proportion to the compact size of the plant.
'Sunspot' 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 bright flowers of 'Sunspot' Sunflower are attractive to pollinators, including bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects. They provide a valuable nectar and pollen source. Additionally, the seeds produced by the plant are highly favored by birds, making this variety a great addition to wildlife gardens.
Helianthus annuus 'Sunspot' thrives in full sun and well-drained soil. It is relatively adaptable to different soil types, including sandy or loamy soils. Regular watering is needed, especially during dry periods, to support healthy growth and flowering. 'Sunspot' Sunflower is an ideal choice for smaller gardens, containers, or as a border plant due to its compact size.
'Sunspot' 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. The compact size of this variety eliminates the need for staking.
'Sunspot' 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.
'Sunspot' Sunflower (Helianthus annuus) is a charming variety known for its compact size and vibrant flowers. With its bright yellow blooms and shorter stature, it is ideal for smaller gardens, containers, or as a border plant. Whether grown for its ornamental value, wildlife attraction, or as a cheerful addition to a sunny spot, 'Sunspot' Sunflower can bring beauty and joy to any garden setting.
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