FLOWER Sunflower, Mammoth Grey Striped
Mammoth Grey Striped Sunflower Helianthus annuus
Seeds per pack ~ 40 approx
(Packed for 2023)
DAYS TO MATURITY: 70-100 days PLANT DESCRIPTION: (Helianthus annuus) As the name suggests, these sunflowers are renowned for their impressive size, often reaching towering heights of 10 to 15 feet or more. Each mammoth flower head can measure up to a foot in diameter, showcasing golden-yellow petals surrounding a dark chocolate-brown center. This sunflower variety is a favorite among gardeners for its ornamental value, providing a cheerful and iconic presence with its large, sun-facing blooms. Beyond its visual appeal, the Mammoth Grey Sunflower holds agricultural significance as well, with its seeds prized for their oil content.
HISTORY: Sunflowers, including the mammoth variety, were cultivated by Native American tribes for centuries before the arrival of European colonizers. Recognizing the plant's nutritional and ceremonial significance, indigenous communities utilized sunflower seeds for culinary purposes and embraced the sunflower as a symbol of spiritual importance.
GROWING TIPS: Annual. Germination: 14 days, 70 degrees F. Full sun. Direct sow in May or June. Space 12-18” apart. Taller varieties may need staking. Early in the growth stage, place a pole at the base of the stalk. As the stem grows, use twine or soft ties to secure it to the stake every 6’ or so.