Helianthus 'Lemon Queen'

Helianthus 'Lemon Queen'

Sunflower

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Key Information

  • Botanical name: Helianthus 'Lemon Queen'
  • Common name: Sunflower
  • Plant type: Perennial

Height: 2m

Spread: 1.2m

Flower colour:
  • Yellow
Foliage colour:
  • Green
  • Features: Attractive to wildlife, Flowers

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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.

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Aspect: South facing, West facing
  • Position in border: Back
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Maintenance: Prefers rich soil
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy, Clay/heavy/moist, Chalky/alkaline

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

  • Wildlife features: Nectar/pollen rich flowers, Seeds for birds

Care routine

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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

  • Effects: No toxic effects reported for this plant.

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