Native Sunflowers

Also known as Annual Sunflower, this hardy annual produces numerous yellow flowers. It is an upright plant, usually 5 to 6 feet in height. Adapted to a wide range of soil conditions throughout the Southern U.S.. Native Sunflowers usually require at least one year of overwintering in the ground to produce a solid stand of plants, due to high percentage of dormant seed. Outstanding attraction for all game birds.

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Description

Native sunflower is, warm season annual forb growing 5-7’ tall with numerous showy yellow flowers. Native sunflowers are adapted to a wide range of soil conditions throughout the Southern U.S.  They are an important food source for doves, quail, turkey, and songbirds.  Sunflowers are also an excellent pollinator plant.  Native sunflower is a common plant for game bird food plots, pollinator plantings, and for ornamental uses.  

Due to a high percentage of dormant seed, native sunflowers typically require at least one year of overwintering in the ground to produce a solid stand, so they are often planted in the fall for emergence the following spring. Once established, the species will readily reseed itself and come back year after year with soil disturbances such as fall or winter dicing.

Best Time To Plant: Fall

Planting Rate: 5-10 lbs per acre

Height: 4’ to 8’ tall

Regions: United States

Soil types: Well drained, non-saline soils

Sunlight: Full sun. At least 8 hours direct sunlight

Type: Annual

Uses: Erosion Control, Attract Game Birds, Feed Wildlife, Livestock Forage

For more information: Annual sunflower Plant Guide from USDA NRCS

Additional information

Weight

5 lb., 10 lb., 25 lb.

Season

Warm Season

Plant Type

Forb

Flower Color

Yellow

Height

>5'

Wildlife

Deer, Doves, Quail, Turkeys