Sunflower Velvet Queen Helianthus Annuus is one of the most unique looking annual sunflowers available to gardeners. Sunflower Velvet Queen seeds germinate fast without any special treatment, and this Helianthus Annuus is an early flowering sunflower variety that produces stunning, up to 10 inches across, deep velvet-red to copper flowers. Sunflower Velvet Queen starts to bloom earlier in summer attracting masses of beneficial pollinators including bees and butterflies. The ripe sunflower seeds are one of the best food sources for birds.
Sunflower Velvet Queen is most often planted as a decorative plant in the back of the border, as a cut flower, or even as an informal summer hedge. Helianthus Annuus seeds are most often started directly outdoors after last frost, and the established Sunflower Velvet Queen is drought and heat tolerant plant that also adapts well to different types of soil.
Height: 48-60 Inches
Bloom Season: Summer/Fall
Environment: Sun/Partial Shade
Soil Type: Rich/Average/Dry/Moist well-drained, pH 5.5-6.2
USDA Zones: All Regions of North America
Sow Indoors: Winter/Spring (4-6 weeks before last frost)
Sow Outdoors: Spring/Summer/Fall
Seed Depth: 1/2 Inch
Germination Time: 10-15 Days