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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 'Stella Gold' grows to a height of up to 200cm and bears huge, pollen-less yellow daisy type flowers on single stems. The petal are thin and twisted, resembling a cactus dahlia. It's ideal for goring at the back of the herbaceous border, and makes an interesting cut flower.
For best results, sow Helianthus annuus 'Stella Gold' 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 ‘Stella gold’ and wildlife
Helianthus ‘Stella gold’ 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 ‘Stella gold’ poisonous?
Helianthus ‘Stella gold’ has no toxic effects reported.