Sunflower

Helianthus debilis 'Vanilla Ice'

Sunflower - Helianthus debilis  'Vanilla Ice'

Common Name: Sunflower
Genus: Helianthus
Species: debilis
Cultivar: 'Vanilla Ice'

Category: Annuals & Biennials
Growth Rate: Fast growing
Features: Makes good cut flowers, Suitable for growing in containers

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 1.00 m (100 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.30 m (30 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Cream, Yellow
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: July to September

Soil Type: Normal/Loam
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

One of the best-loved summer flowers, this compact sunflower has creamy-white flowers which will last for ages in fresh cut arrangements - especially if gathered while they are still in bud. Alternatively leave them to add a naturalised charm to a sunny border. An ideal easy to grow option for the novice or young gardener.

Sow: February to June.

Other Features: Contact with the foliage may aggravate skin allergies.

Garden Care: Under glass start them off in late winter by planting the seeds up to 5cm deep in deep pots or root trainers filled with good seed compost. When large enough to handle plant outside in spring after gradually hardening off. Alternatively sow directly into a well-prepared seed bed in spring and thin to 30cm as they grow. If sowing outside, temporarily cover the bed with a net to protect the seeds from birds and keep an eye out for slugs and snails when the seedlings emerge.