Sunflower, Sunspot Dwarf (Helianthus annuus) - 25 Seeds
•American grown seeds
•USDA Zones 1-12
No room to grow giant sunflowers? Try 'Sunspot' instead for its large 10" flower heads on dwarf, 2 foot stalks. Kids will love growing these giant flowers that are just the right height for your favorite "Gardener in Training"! 'Sunspot' makes large dramatic cut flowers, container plantings or a short annual hedge. Sunflowers are edible, with a bittersweet flavor. The petals add a pretty pop of color ion salads and desserts. The young, sunflower buds are edible, with a flavor similar to artichoke hearts. They can be grilled, marinated, or sauteed for an unusual appetizer or side dish. Attracts pollinators and birds enjoy the seed heads in autumn and winter. Kids can dry the seeds for their own homegrown tasty snack.
A tea made from the leaves is astringent, diuretic and expectorant, it is used in the treatment of high fevers. The crushed leaves are used as a poultice on sores, swellings, snakebites and spider bites.
This seed should be sown directly outdoors since the long roots of this plant need space to develop and dislike being disturbed. After the last spring frost when the soil has warmed to 70-75°, plant several seeds together 1" deep and 6" apart in rich, well drained soil. The seeds will begin to germinate in 1-2 weeks. Thin to the strongest seedling per grouping. The use of a netting or screen can be useful to prevent birds or animals from eating the seeds as they develop. Keep soil moist.
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