Sunflower, Velvet Queen (Helianthus annuus) - 25 Seeds
•American grown seeds
•US Native Wildflower
•USDA Zones 1-12
These rustic sunflowers feature a stunning deep red color that fades outward from the center until the tips, which are tipped with an orange tint. The Velvet Queen Sunflower can grow up to 7 feet tall and has blooms that are up to 10 inches across. This plant can withstand droughts and does well in direct sunlight. The Velvet Queen Sunflowers are a significant source of food for birds, so they flock to them in large numbers. They make lovely cut flowers as well. 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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