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Helianthus annuus 'Solar Eclipse'


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Plant type

Hardy annual

Flower colour



Flowers, Attractive to wildlife



Skill level


Helianthus annuus 'Solar Eclipse'

Plant details

Of all the sunflowers, Helianthus annuus includes the largest species and cultivars. Some flower heads can be produced up to 30cm wide. Native to the USA, these plants have bristly and toothed broad leaves. They're quick-growing annuals that should be planted in a sunny position, in moist but well-drained soil. Helianthus annuus 'Solar Eclipse' produces yellow petals with a dark red zone around a brown centre.

Family: Asteraceae

Genus: Helianthus

Species: annuus

Cultivar: Solar Eclipse

Plant type: Hardy annual

Flower colour: Yellow

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: 250cm

Spread: 30cm

Time to plant seeds: March to May

Flowering period: July to September

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