Helianthus annuus (hybrid)
Drop Dead Red is drop dead gorgeous! This is a fabulous mix of large, long-lasting, red flowers. ‘Moulin Rouge’, ‘Red Wave’, ‘Ruby Eclipse’, and ‘Joker’ come in several shades of red from deep burgundy and steamy valentine red, to autumnal pumpkin/orange-red, and bicolors. These tall, branching plants are ideal for the back of the garden, or as a border. As a pollenless hybrid, there’ll be no more messy pollen drop from your gorgeous cut flower arrangements, but still plenty of nectar for pollinators. Drought tolerant, but best flower production with regular water. Plants grow up to 6′ tall on average and produce flowers that bloom from summer to frost. Prefers full sun exposure. Botanical Interest’s® Drop Dead Red Sunflower Seeds have been verified by The Non-GMO Project.
Outdoors: Sow 1-2 weeks after your average last frost date.
Indoors: Sow 2-4 weeks before your average last frost date. Sunflowers are sensitive to root disturbance; sow in biodegradable pots that can be planted directly in the ground.