Sunflower - Sunbird

Sunflower - Sunbird

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Sunbird Sunflower variety produces large grey sunflower seeds which are wonderful used in the kitchen or as food for poultry. Sunbird is both drought tolerant and disease resistant. The plants grow to around 2 - 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. 10mm 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. 70 days.

10 seeds per packet