Decorative sunflower "Moonshine" - Helianthus annuus L.
An annual ornamental plant from the Asteraceae family. The stem is erect, branched, up to 180 cm tall. The plant blooms 4-6 lemon-yellow large inflorescences with a dark velvety center. The central inflorescence blooms first, as a rule, it is the largest, and a little later - a whole series of smaller lateral ones. During the period, the plant looks like a huge bouquet.
Blooms from July to September. Drought-resistant and thermophilic, prefers sunny areas with fertile loose soil. They are grown by direct sowing in open ground in April-May according to the scheme 30 x 40 cm, 2-3 seeds each to a depth of 2-5 cm. Seedlings tolerate frosts down to -6 ° C. Used for planting in groups on the lawn, decorating buildings, hedges.
Ornamental sunflower is an excellent plant for cutting.
Eng.: Common sunflower. Suom.: Isoauringonkukka. Sven.: Solros. Bot. syn.: Helianthus aridus, Helianthus lenticularis.