5 Unique Open-Pollinated Sunflower Varieties to Grow


Open Pollinated Sunflower Growing By Lane

It’s easy to see why the sunflower is one of the world’s favorite flowers. They’re easy to grow, have easy-to-save seeds, and are undeniably cheerful in the garden. Open-pollinated types are magnets for bees in the spring and summer, and for birds as the seeds develop. Here are 5 unique open-pollinated sunflower varieties to consider planting in your garden this year.

'Lemon Queen' Sunflower

'Lemon Queen' is an heirloom sunflower variety with lemon-yellow petals and rich chocolate-colored centers - a combination that bees find absolutely irresistible. The plants tend to grow about 6 feet tall in average conditions. 'Lemon Queen' is a branching type of flower, where each plant can bear on to two dozen flowers.

The 'Lemon Queen' Sunflower is a perfect choice for gardeners hoping to attract pollinators to their yards. Because each plant gradually produces multiple branches and flowers, this type provides continuous blooms over a long flowering season. These pollen-filled stunners are best left to flower in the garden where the wildlife can enjoy them as they tend to drop quite a bit of pollen if used in floral arrangements.

'Autumn Beauty' Sunflower

'Autumn Beauty' is a classic heirloom sunflower with variable, highly ornamental petals in shades of yellow gold, burgundy red, rusty orange, and beautiful bronze. This branching sunflower produces multiple blooms on each stem, with plants growing an average of 6 feet tall (depending on growing conditions).

With all of the colors of fall leaves, 'Autumn Beauty' is a bold and beautiful choice for the garden and home landscape. These are hardy, reliable plants that bloom over a long flowering season. The flower heads are about 6 inches across, making them a nice choice for smaller spaces and up-close viewing.

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