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Tarahumara Sunflower

Botanical Name: Helianthus annuus

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# of seeds per packet: 50

Description

90 days. This gorgeous sunflower produces a primary, large (8-10” diameter) single flower head with multiple smaller side heads. Flowers have golden yellow petals with lime green centers. Plants grow 6-9’ tall. Seeds are white and are great to eat. Plants are vigorous and tolerant of many soil types and dry conditions. This Sunflower is named for the Tarahumara indigenous people of northwestern Mexico. Great plant for bird lovers because many birds (such as goldfinches) will arrive as the seeds are ripening to feast on them. If you plan to save seed, cover heads with bags while seeds are maturing so that you can collect them for yourself. Eric Kampe of Ann Arbor Seed Company loves to grow sunflowers because, in his words, “they give so much beauty for so little effort.” He often finds himself eating lunch under the shade of Tarahumara which he says "gives the feeling of resting in a bamboo forest with leaves rustling in the breeze.” Seeds grown by Ann Arbor Seed Company.

Growing

Growing Instructions (for USDA Zone 5b):

Sunflowers are easy to grow from seed outside provided that they are kept moist during germination & that plants are protected from groundhogs & deer. Sow seeds outside 6/1-6/30, 6” apart. Thin to 24” for full size plants.

 

Harvest:

For cut flowers, harvest young (newly opened) flowers with tight centers and place in water, out of the sun immediately.

 

Seed Saving Instructions (for gardeners):

Sunflowers are an easy seed saving crop although they will cross easily with other sunflower varieties. Minimum population size: 5. Cut seedheads when seeds are mature but before the birds get them all! Place seedheads to dry in a dry location with good air circulation.

 

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Description

90 days. This gorgeous sunflower produces a primary, large (8-10” diameter) single flower head with multiple smaller side heads. Flowers have golden yellow petals with lime green centers. Plants grow 6-9’ tall. Seeds are white and are great to eat. Plants are vigorous and tolerant of many soil types and dry conditions. This Sunflower is named for the Tarahumara indigenous people of northwestern Mexico. Great plant for bird lovers because many birds (such as goldfinches) will arrive as the seeds are ripening to feast on them. If you plan to save seed, cover heads with bags while seeds are maturing so that you can collect them for yourself. Eric Kampe of Ann Arbor Seed Company loves to grow sunflowers because, in his words, “they give so much beauty for so little effort.” He often finds himself eating lunch under the shade of Tarahumara which he says "gives the feeling of resting in a bamboo forest with leaves rustling in the breeze.” Seeds grown by Ann Arbor Seed Company.

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Growing

Growing Instructions (for USDA Zone 5b):

Sunflowers are easy to grow from seed outside provided that they are kept moist during germination & that plants are protected from groundhogs & deer. Sow seeds outside 6/1-6/30, 6” apart. Thin to 24” for full size plants.

 

Harvest:

For cut flowers, harvest young (newly opened) flowers with tight centers and place in water, out of the sun immediately.

 

Seed Saving Instructions (for gardeners):

Sunflowers are an easy seed saving crop although they will cross easily with other sunflower varieties. Minimum population size: 5. Cut seedheads when seeds are mature but before the birds get them all! Place seedheads to dry in a dry location with good air circulation.

 

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