Sunflower - Solar Eclipse

Sunflower - Solar Eclipse

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Solar Eclipse is an unusual variety of Sunflower, with a black centre surrounded by rich golden brown petals tipped with pure yellow resembling a ring of fire.  It’s ideal for adding height to a garden border, and makes a good cut flower.  The plant grows to approx. 2.5 metres tall.

Helianthus annuus, the common Sunflower, is a large annual forb of the genus Helianthus grown as a crop for its edible oil and edible fruits. This sunflower species is also used as wild bird food, as livestock forage (as a meal or a silage plant), in some industrial applications, and as an ornamental in domestic gardens. The plant was first domesticated in the Americas.

Sunflower seeds were brought to Europe from the Americas in the 16th century, where, along with sunflower oil, they became a widespread cooking ingredient.

To grow best, sunflowers need full sun, no frost. They enjoy fertile, moist, well-drained soil with heavy mulch.  Sow seed approx. 6mm deep, direct into the garden bed, Spring and Summer.  Seeds take approx. 14 days to germinate, protect from rodents and birds by covering until the seed has germinated.  Flowers mature in approx. 75-80 days.

5 seeds per packet