Sunflowers for Birds
From pint-sized plants to true giants, here are 10 terrific sunflower varieties that will help you attract birds.
- Autumn Beauty: Multibranching plant grows about 5 feet tall, with single and bicolor blooms up to 8 inches across in yellow, bronze and purple.
- Big Smile: Dwarf, extra-early variety from 1 to 2 feet tall with bright, golden-yellow blooms up to 6 inches across.
- Floristan: Multibranching plant grows 3 to 4 feet tall, with bicolor blooms of reddish-brown tipped in yellow.
- Holiday: Multibranching, 6-foot-tall plant with 3- to 5-inch golden-yellow flowers that surround brown centers.
- The Joker: Beautiful fully double, semi-double or single 4- to 5-inch flowers in a two-tone mix of mahogany and golden-yellow on 6-foot-tall plants. This is a pollen-free variety, which means you don't have to worry about getting pollen on the table when you use it as a cut flower.
- Russian Giant: This type grows to 12 feet tall with large 12- to 14-inch heads and a bounty of edible seeds that people and birds can enjoy.
- Red Sun: Multibranching plant grows to 6 feet tall with up to 10 6-inch blooms per plant, each with dark centers surrounded by bronze-red petals tipped in orange-red.
- Soraya: All-America Selections winner in 2000; boasts single, orange-tinted flowers, 4 to 6 inches across. It grows 5 to 6 feet tall.
- Valentine: Bold plant to 5 feet tall with a profusion of lemon-yellow flowers 4 to 6 inches across with chocolate-brown centers; good as a long-lasting cut flower.
- Vanilla Ice: Multibranched plant with creamy-colored blooms and dark centers that grows 4 to 7 feet tall.