Black Russian Sunflower Seeds - (Helianthus annuus)
- Seed Count:
- Approx 50 seeds per pack
- Days to Germination:
- 10-14 days @ 70-85F
- Plant Spacing:
- Light Preference:
- Full sun
- Soil Requirements:
- Well-drained soil
- Heirloom, Non-Hybrid, Non-GMO seeds
Black Russian Sunflower - From Russia with Love
Black Russian Sunflowers are the giants of the garden at 12-15' tall and blooms that are 8" across! Petals are a bright golden yellow and centers can be either quite dark or quite light. Seeds are black and striped. A great plant for attracting birds to the garden.
The wild sunflower is native to North America but commercialization of the plant took place in Russia. It was only recently that the sunflower plant returned to North America to become a cultivated crop. Sunflower was a common crop among American Indian tribes throughout North America. Evidence suggests that the plant was cultivated by Indians in present-day Arizona and New Mexico about 3000 BC. Some archaeologists suggest that sunflower may have been domesticated before corn.
Larger sunflowers will penetrate deep into the soil. If you use drip-irrigation in your garden, make sure to place drip-lines away from the roots, the roots can puncture it.