Different Types of Sunflowers Varieties (With Photo)

Types of Sunflowers – Summer is finally here and nothing says summer quite like the sunflower! With petals to match the sun’s glowing rays, it is no wonder these flowers are one of the most popular.

Sunflowers make up the genus Helianthus which contains almost 70 different varieties. The meaning of sunflower is rooted in it’s genus Helianthus (helios meaning sun and anthos meaning flower).

However, not all sunflowers possess that yellow color they are so well known for.

Because of the many different types of sunflowers, FTD has created a guide that covers the 15 most beautiful types of sunflowers breakdown into tall, dwarf and colored varieties.

They also created a visual guide that features the eight most popular types of sunflowers and their names.

Tall Sunflowers

Did you know that sunflowers can grow to heights of 16 feet? Because of their tall and stalky stems, they can grow to be several feet high.

Another of their amazing trait is that they can easily grow eight to 12 feet within only six months.

The Guinness world record for the tallest sunflower reached 30 feet and 1 inch, grown by Hans-Peter Schiffer in Karst, Nordrhein Westfalen, Germany.

Here is a list of the most popular types of sunflowers in the tall variety:

Russian Mammoth

Russian Mammoth Sunflower
This is how tall Russian Mammoth Sunflower look.

This sunflower’s can grow up to 12 feet height and is used in a lot of county fairs and flower shows because of its size and effortless ability to grow.

Schweinitz’s Sunflower

Schweinitz’s Sunflower
Close up picture Schweinitz’s Sunflower

This sunflower species is one of the rarest in America. It has an average height of 6.5 feet, but can grow up to 16 feet tall!

Skyscraper

Skyscraper Sunflower

This sunflower can reach heights of up to 12 feet tall with 14 inch flower petals!

American Giant

With the long length off the stem and a face that grows to be about one foot in width, it is no wonder they call this sunflower the American Giant.

This sunflower’s can reach maximum height at 15 feet and a face that grows to one foot in width, it is no wonder they call this one the American Giant.

Sunforest Mix

Sunforest Mix

This sunflowers height can get anywhere between 10-15 feet high and 40 inches across.

Dwarf Sunflowers

Dwarf sunflowers are a type of sunflower that grows to heights of only three feet or smaller! They love to grow in gardens and look great in planters when placed in bunches.

Here is a list of the most popular sunflowers in the dwarf variety:

Suntastic Yellow

Suntastic Yellow

The Suntastic Yellow likes to grow in packs of about five or eight and grow to be only 20 inches tall. Perfect for bouquets or gardens.

Sunny Smile

Sunny Smile

Ranging from 12 to 15 inches tall, the Sunny Smile has sturdy stalks that make them great when gardening with children or pets.

Sundance Kid

Sundance Kid

Sundance kid will produce double, yellow blooms with deep, rustic orange centers. Growing to a short height of only 1 to 2 fet tall, this sunflower will make a great addition to your low growing flower beds.

Makes an excellent cut flower for bouquets and floral arrangements as well.

Pacino

Pacino

Also known as the “dwarf pacino gold,” this sunflower usually grows to be about 12 to 16 inches with a maximum height of two feet.

Little Becka

Little Becka

The average height of this sunflower between 1 to 2 feet high and looks great when wanting to add a splash of color to your garden.

Colored Sunflowers

Just when you thought sunflowers couldn’t get anymore beautiful, they now come in a assortment of colors thanks to hybridizing.

You can now mix and match your favorite types and add splashes of color to your garden, patio or dining room table.

From creamy custard to deep red wine, here is a list of the most popular sunflowers of the colored variety:

Chianti

Chianti

The Chianti is one of the darkest sunflowers because of the deep red wine color of its petals and face.

Moulin Rouge

Moulin Rouge

Arguably one of the most unique colored sunflowers because of its consistent color and extravagant burgundy red petals.

Earthwalker

Earthwalker

The Earthwalker possesses dark earthy hues that can range from golds and reds to browns.

Ms. Mars

Ms. Mars

This gorgeous flower has red to purple hues that transform to subtle yellow on the tips.

Terracotta

Types of Sunflowers; Terracotta

The Terracotta possesses more brown colors than other sunflowers which make it ideal for fall displays.

Most Popular Colored Sunflowers

Most Popular Colored Sunflowers

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