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Helianthus annuus 'Little Leo' is a dwarf variety of sunflower, growing to a height of just 45cm. It bears pretty, lemon-yellow single daisy type flowers on multi-branched stems.
'Little Leo' is ideal for growing towards the front of a mixed, herbaceous border, and may also be grown in pots on the patio. It makes an excellent cut flower.
For best results, sow Helianthus annuus 'Little Leo' 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 ‘Little leo’ and wildlife
Helianthus ‘Little leo’ 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 ‘Little leo’ poisonous?
Helianthus ‘Little leo’ has no toxic effects reported.