Helianthus annus 'Valentine'


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Key information

Plant type

Hardy annual

Flower colour



Flowers, Attractive to wildlife



Skill level


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Plant details

Valentine' is a lovely variety with bright large, lemon-yellow flowers with black centres. It makes an excellent cut flower. Cut them before the bud opens and they will open up in the house, lasting up to 18 days. Alternatively leave them on the plant for the birds to enjoy the seed-heads that follow. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Asteraceae

Genus: Helianthus

Species: annus

Cultivar: Valentine

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: 150cm

Spread: 120cm

Time to plant seeds: March to May

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