Sunflowers (Helianthus annuus)

With large, easy-to-plant seeds and magnificently showy flowers, sunflowers are perhaps the perfect flower for kids to grow. Classic single-stem kinds such as 'Mammoth Russian' and 'Russian Giant' grow 10-15 feet tall and produce plate-size flowers with edible seeds. Newer, shorter kinds include 'Ring of Fire," which is about 4-5 feet tall and has 5-inch flowers that work in a vase, and 'Sunspot,' which grows just 2 feet tall. 'Indian Blanket' is a branching kind with numerous smaller flowers suitable for cutting. Sunflower blooms face the sun, so choose a bed where the sun will be behind you.

Requres full sun; regular water. Most grow as annuals in all zones.
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