The Q&A Archives: Sunflowers for birds

Question: I enjoy gardening for butterflies birds (esp.goldfinches). I'd like to grow your Fun 'n Sun sunflower mix. Does pollenless also mean seedless and, therefore, not a good choice for my purposes? Donna Foyle Pittsburgh, PA

Answer: Pollenless means the seeds will not be viable. So birds probably won't be interested in them and with no pollen, neither will the butterflys. For sunflowers to attract this type of wildlife, I'd grow the traditional edible types such as 'Mammoth' that give plenty of pollen and seeds.

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