Helianthus annuus

Maroon blooms add a splash of royal air to any garden landscape.


The deep velvet luster of this sunflower is fit for a queen. Its maroon flower heads nod, turn, and royally wave from their high thrones as they follow the sun's arc across the summer sky. Dress up your sunflowers by growing flowering vines like pole beans and morning glories up the stalks. Your queen might just say, "We are amused."


Art Pack, 100 seeds

Product ID# , Certified Organic by NOFA-NY LLC

Velvet Queen Sunflower | Hudson Valley Seed Company | Organic Seeds

  • Days to Germination 10 - 14days
    Days to Maturity 100 days
    Planting Depth 1"
    Spacing in Row 12"
    Spacing Between Rows 18 - 36"
    Height at Maturity 5 - 7 feet
    Width at Maturity 18 - 24 inches


    Direct sow after frost in a spot where you'd like a tall plant with dramatic impact. This queen casts shade, so consider smaller plants in the vicinity when planting. Good soil and plenty of water result in the largest plants, but sunflowers are tenacious and succeed in less than ideal conditions. To save seeds, cover ripe flower heads with paper bags; this will keep the birds off.

  • Art by Lisa Perrin. Lisa created the original art for this pack in 2010. Since then she’s grown as an artist. She created this updated version with a framed nod to the old art and new elements telling the global story of saving sunflower seeds. Read more on our blog.


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