Lemon Queen 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
Lemon Queen Sunflower - Garden Royalty
The Lemon Queen Sunflower is a very prolific, popular sunflower with unique lemon-yellow pointed petals having chocolate brown centers up to 4-5" across.
Sought after for their bright creamy lemony yellow flowers and their ability to attract pollinators by the droves. We have seen honey bees, bumble bees, carpenter bees, and several kinds of butterflies visiting throughout the day. Plants are multi-branch have multiple flowers grown along the main stalk - and grow up to 6 ft. tall. Plant with taller or shorter sunflowers with darker blooms for dramatic contrast.
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.
These are very popular as cut flowers, sold at many farmers markets in fresh bouquets. The seeds produced are small and black; local small birds love snacking on them as soon as the seeds are ready. If you are planning to save seed, keep an eye out!
Plant in clusters so that they will support each other in high wind areas, or provide staking if planting individually.
Lemon Queen is one the sunflower varieties being grown for a multi-year bee count project to gather information about native bee populations. More than 100,000 citizen-scientists across the U.S. and Canada are participating in the research by counting the number of bees that visit their Lemon Queen plants. Sign up, see and learn more at The Great Sunflower Project.