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Claret Sunflower

Helianthus annuus 'Claret'

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Claret Sunflower (Helianthus annuus 'Claret') at Roger's Gardens

Claret Sunflower flowers

Claret Sunflower flowers

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Height:  6 feet

Spacing:  18 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  (annual)

Description:

A stunning variety, featuring chocolate-red blooms with amber-gold tips; a low maintenance selection that is both edible and visually appealing; petals are a great addition to salads, adding a mild nutty flavor, while seeds are wonderful roasted

Edible Qualities

Claret Sunflower is a annual that is typically grown for its edible qualities. It produces small black oblong seeds in hard shells which are typically harvested when mature. The seeds have a pleasant taste and a crunchy texture.

The seeds are most often used in the following ways:

  • Eating When Cooked/Prepared
  • Cooking

Planting & Growing

Claret Sunflower will grow to be about 6 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 20 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 18 inches apart. This fast-growing annual will normally live for one full growing season, needing replacement the following year.

This plant is typically grown in a designated edibles garden. It should only be grown in full sunlight. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selection of a native North American species.

 
 
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Characteristics
Accent  Massing  Screening  Garden 
Applications
Flowers  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features