Types of Sunflowers
Like people, the different types of flowers come in varying heights. Among some of the tallest is the sunflower, a plant ranging in size and loved by many. Sunflowers are also known by their scientific name Helianthus. They are very popular for children to grow because they are easy to grow and produce large, exciting flowers. Also, from large varieties seeds and oils can be extracted.
There are several types of sunflowers that range in size. Most people are familiar with varieties that produce oil-rich seeds generally grow to a height of fifteen feet and produce large black and yellow flowers that can be as large as one foot in diameter. These flowers grow quickly and can be used to attract pollinating insects and birds to a garden. Their large size can also offer protection from wind and privacy.
However, growing giant sunflowers isn’t for everyone. Many people would like to enjoy the beauty of the sunflower but do not have the space. Therefore, some such companies have asked their botanists to work on developing a short sunflower plant. Such varieties include:
- Sunrich Lemon
- Teddy Bear
- Velvet Queen.
- Many of the smallest varieties are marketed using terms munchkin or compact
For a different type of sunflower, consider planting the Valentine Sunflower. This plant will produce 6 inch blooms with petals that are a more pale yellow than traditional sunflowers. The paleness of the yellow in the plant’s petals allows them to look almost white and is contrasted by its dark brown center. These plants have a more bush-like appearance than other types of sunflower plants.
Fun Facts About Sunflowers
- The scientific name Helianthus literally means sun flower.
- The tallest ever sunflower grew to 25 feet tall!
- The sunflower are easily grown from seed
- Tall sunflower varieties will often need to be grown with support to prevent drooping due to their heavy flowers