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Helianthus annuus 'Firecracker' is a dwarf variety of sunflower, growing to a height of up to 90cm. It bears masses of small, bicolored orange-yellow, pollen-less flowers on branched stems. It's perfect for growing in containers on the patio, or towards the front of a mixed herbaceous border.
For best results, sow Helianthus annuus 'Firecracker' 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 ‘Firecracker’ and wildlife
Helianthus ‘Firecracker’ is known for attracting bees, beneficial insects, birds, butterflies/moths and other pollinators. It has nectar/pollen rich flowers and has seeds for birds.
Is Helianthus ‘Firecracker’ poisonous?
Helianthus ‘Firecracker’ has no toxic effects reported.