Helianthus annus 'Irish Eyes'


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Key information

Plant type

Hardy annual

Flower colour



Flowers, Attractive to wildlife



Skill level


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Plant details

Sunflowers are among the easiest of annuals to grow and their bold flowers are guaranteed to brighten up any summer border. This variety which features in the Gardeners' World Sunflower Trial 2004, has bright golden yellow flowers with pale brown centres. 'Irish Eyes' is a shorter growing variety that is perfect for pots and tubs as well as the front of the border. The flower heads can be cut for the house or alternatively left on the plant for the birds to enjoy the seed-heads that follow.

Family: Asteraceae

Genus: Helianthus

Species: annus

Cultivar: Irish Eyes

Plant type: Hardy annual

Flower colour: Yellow

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers, Attractive to wildlife

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 45cm

Spread: 40cm

Time to plant seeds: March to May

Reader reviews


I think this is the variety that has 'sprung up' in my garden (from bird seeds I think) but mine are about 5ft high as they start to open their blooms. Could this be the 'annus' or perhaps something else?

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