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Helianthus 'Lemon Queen'

Perennial sunflower

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Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour






Skill level


Helianthus 'Lemon Queen'

Plant details

Sunflowers are among the easiest and most rewarding annuals to grow. They're also some of the tallest, with many varieties producing huge, saucer-shaped yellow flowers that tower over other plants in the border.

Helianthus annuus 'Lemon Queen' bears masses of large, lemon-yellow flowers from July to September. It's ideal for growing at the back of a sunny border, and makes an excellent cut flower.

For best results, sow seed in individual 10cm pots of moist seed compost in April to May, cover with cling film and place on a sunny windowsill or greenhouse bench. Remove the cling film once the seeds have germinated, and water plants regularly, allowing the water to drain. Pot on into larger pots with multipurpose compost, before eventually planting outside once all risk of frost has passed. 

Sunflowers are hungry plants - enrich the soil before planting out with plenty of well-rotted manure or garden compost, and water plants regularly. You may need to stake plants in exposed gardens.

Helianthus annuus 'Lemon Queen' has been given the Award of Garden Merit (AGM) by the Royal Horticultural Society.

Family: Asteraceae

Genus: Helianthus

Cultivar: Lemon Queen

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Yellow

Foliage colour: Light green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 200cm

Spread: 120cm

Reader reviews


I can't find it anywhere either - help, please. I'd like seeds, but will buy plants if I have to.


After seeing Monty Don move his Helianthus 'Lemon Queen' last night, I felt the urge to get myself some seeds so that I can grow some next year, but I am struggling to find any anywhere!


A fantastic Perennial - so trouble free! You can get it from's Webshop along with a number of other Helianthus species. I have grown this with Eupatorium maculatum 'Atropurpureum' and they make such a good combination!


I bought this many years ago at a car boot sale from a delightful lady who loved it, as it always came into flower on her husband's birthday in mid August. It is slow to get going but then adds a real touch of colour from late summer into October. I find that it spreads gently and rarely requires staking as the stiff stalks support themselves well. It also responds well to being divided and I have given loads away to family and friends. Definitely worth looking out for.


I wanted to buy this beautiful plant from Beth Chatto’s exquisite nursery in Essex. Unfortunately they were sold out. But a staff member came up with a novel solution. Off he went to raid Beth Chatto’s own personnel plant! Minutes later he returned grinning and with a handful, announcing that ‘should do you’. It most certainly did. The plant is now flourishing beautifully in my own garden. I will forever have a little piece of Beth Chatto. Now that is what I call service. It has proved to be a reliable grower and adds much needed colour at the end of the gardening season. A must for outdoors and indoors as cut flower, and one for the bees.

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