Sunflower Variety - Knowledgebase Question

Brookline, MA
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Question by bostonluke
January 15, 1998
There is a particular type of sunflower that I'm looking for. I often see it sold at flower stands and green grocers as a cut flower. It has a uniformly dark brown velvety face and short yellow petals. I've tried several varieties over the years, but still haven't found the right one. Can you suggest some?

Thank you.

Answer from NGA
January 15, 1998
Have you had a chance to look through Burpee's 1998 catalog? There are some spectacular sunflowers in there...some I can't wait to try myself. 'Parasol Mix' contains different colors and forms of sunflowers, all beautiful. 'Fun-n-Sun' Hybrid Sunflower mix has many beautiful colors and forms as well: wines, golds, butter yellows, white. 'Indian Blanket' is another breathtaking variety of sunflower, it is a bicolor with hues ranging from a rich burgundy to lemon. If you have a catalog, look on pages 9, 12, and 13. If you don't, contact Burpee at 1-800-888-1447 or request one through the website. I think you will be pleased and your search may be over!

I think I know the look you describe--the closest Icame was to a variety called 'Valentine', described as having 6-inch flowers that, if cut when coming into bud, will last up to 18 days in a vase! It is available from Thompson & Morgan, ph# 800-274-7333, web site:

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