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Sunflower, perennial

Helianthus selections

Sunflower, perennial

A big, bodacious, beautiful plant, perennial sunflower is imposingly tall and floppy with large (up to 4-inch), bright yellow flowers that form in loose clusters. Most of these natives thrive in full sun and are not fussy about soil. The taller ones may need support. Excellent for cut flowers.

Plant Type:
Plant Height:
3-10 feet tall
Plant Width:
3-4 feet wide
Landscape Uses:
Beds & Borders
Special Features:
Flowers,Cut Flowers,Attracts Birds,Attracts Butterflies,Drought Tolerant,Tolerates Wet Soil,Deer Resistant,Easy to Grow
Top Varieties

Helianthus x 'Lemon Queen' is a bold plant that reaches 4-6 feet tall. Its single, light yellow flowers are produced in abundance from midsummer to fall. Staking may be necessary if soil is rich. Zones 5-9
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Helianthus angustifolius 'Low Down' packs the flower punch of tall perennial sunflowers but only grows 18 inches tall. It requires no staking and blooms from midsummer to fall. Zones 5-9
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Helianthus angustifolius bears masses of bright yellow daisies with brown-purple centers atop rough, 6-foot-tall stems in early fall. Zones 6-9
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Plant It With

The scarlet single flowers and dark leaves of 'Bishop of Llandaff' dahlia are striking companions for perennial sunflowers in full-sun gardens.


Yellow, gold, orange, and mahogany daylilies bloom at the same time as the earlier sunflowers and provide a different flower form.


'Black and Blue' salvia has a stature similar to many perennial sunflowers and bears deep blue, two-lipped flowers with black calyces.