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Item Number: SWF5962

Renee's Garden Songbird Sunflower The Birds & Bees

A Rich Pollen and Nectar Source for Bees

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Sunflower - Birds & Bees (Heirloom) - Helianthus annuus

Annual - Enhance your garden's eco-system with these sturdy, 6 - 8' tall sunflowers whose golden-yellow petals and chocolate centers seem to literally follow the sun. During blooming season they offer a rich pollen and nectar source for foraging honey bees, native bees and any other garden pollinators. At maturity, these black seeded sunflowers provide particularly oil-rich kernels with somewhat softer shells than others, yielding an abundance of nutritious feasts for birds.

Soil & Water:Make several sowings several weeks apart to have a succession of flowers in full bloom. Keep soil moist and well-weeded and protect very young seedlings from birds with netting or plastic berry baskets, removing before plants get crowded. Prefer good garden soil.Amend soil with a slow release fertilizer if soil is poor - not too high in nitrogen or flowers will be sparse.Once established, plants are somewhat drought tolerant./p>

Planting & Growing: To Plant Outdoors: Plant in full sun when weather is warm and settled both day and night and all danger of frost has passed. Poke seeds into well-worked soil about 1" deep, 4 - 5" apart. Press soil firmly over seeds and keep moist until seedlings emerge in 8 - 10 days. Thin to 12 - 15" apart when seedlings are large enough to handle. To Start Indoors: Several weeks before the last frost date, sow seeds 1" deep in individual pots of well-drained seed starting mix. Keep moist and provide a strong light source until ready to plant outside when seedlings are large enough to handle. When weather has warmed into the 50°F range, transplant 12" apart in full sun, disturbing the roots as little as possible.

Harvesting & Storage:As flowers bloom, bees pollinate the florets in each head and the seeds begin to mature. When the center disc florets have dried up, birds of all sorts will visit to snack on the ripening seed heads. To harvest fo feeding birds in the fall and winter, cover heads with paper bags till ripened kernels are plump and hard-shelled, then cut entire heads, let them fully dry and remove the seeds by hand or by rubbing over a wire screen into a basket. Store in closed containers to feed as needed.

Soil Temperature: above 50°F
Planting Depth: 1"
Germination: 8-10 Days
Height At Maturity: 6-7 feet
Sun/Shade: Full Sun
Spacing After Thinning: 12"
Approx Seeds per Pack: 110-115 Seeds

While Renee's Garden seeds are not all certified organic, they do not sell treated or GMO seeds and have signed the "Safe Seed Pledge.”


  • Attracts Bees/Butterflies
  • Does Not Require Support
  • Good Cut Flower
  • Good Fall Color
  • Heat Tolerant
  • Heirloom
  • Requires Summer Water
  • Somewhat Drought Tolerant
  • Suited to Warmer Climates
  • Useful for Ornamental


Bloom Season : Fall
Bloom Season : Summer
Flower Color : Yellow
Growth Habit : Upright
Life Cycle : Annual
Plant Usage : Attracts Bees/Butterflies
Plant Usage : Attracts Birds
Plant Usage : Ornamental
Planting Time : Spring
Planting Time : Summer
Seed Unit Sizes : Seed Pack
Sun Requirements : Full Sun

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Shipping Weight: 0.01 lb

Dimensions: 4.5"L x 3.125"W x 0.1"H


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