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Helianthus annuus 'Pastiche'

Sunflower

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy annual

Flower colour

Mixed

Feature

Flowers, Attractive to wildlife

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

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Plant details

Pastiche' is a fabulous mixture of sunflower colours in evening sun shades. There are yellows, reds and light buff-brown or maroon, some with a bright yellow or deep red disc around the dark centres. These medium sized flower heads are around 13cm (5in) across and make fantastic cut flowers, lasting for a long time in water. Alternatively leave them on the plant for the birds to enjoy the seed-heads that follow. Plants help to give height and stature to the border. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Asteraceae

Genus: Helianthus

Species: annuus

Cultivar: Pastiche

Plant type: Hardy annual

Flower colour: Mixed

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Flowers, Attractive to wildlife

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 150cm

Spread: 40cm

Time to plant seeds: February to April

Flowering period: July to September


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