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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.
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
Skill level: Beginner
Time to plant seeds: March to May
Flowering period: July to September
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