Fascinating types of sunflowers

When we think of sunflowers, we usually have but one image in mind. What many people do not realise is the fact that there are several varieties available and each one is unique if you understand their main differences. Here are some of the most interesting and popular varieties.


As the name suggests, these sunflowers are tall and they can grow up to 12 feet in height. They have durable stalks and the petals grow up the 14 inches! Fields of these blooms are impressive even from a distance.

Sunforest Mix

These are also a tall variety and they grow to heights ranging between 10 and 15 feet. Their blooms reach a diameter of 40 inches and these plants require extra space to grow. If you are planting these sunflowers in your garden, leave three to four feet between each one so that they do not become overcrowded.

Russion Mammoths

Another tall variety that can grow up to 12 feet in height and it is popular because it is so easy to grow. They enjoy a Mediterranean climate and they produce impressive blooms. These sunflowers can bloom as early as April.

Sundance Kid

There are also dwarf sunflowers such as the Sundance Kid varieties. It can grow up to 2 feet in height and they produce bicolour (red and yellow) flowers. They are easy to grow and they certainly add plenty of colour.

Little Becka

It’s not just the name of these sunflowers that is adorable. These bi-coloured blooms are great for adding a burst of colour. These plants grow to a height of up to 2 feet and their blooms are bright orange and red.

Sunny Smile

This is another lovely dwarf variety and they grow up to 15 inches in height. These small sunflowers bloom later in the season and they are loved for their sturdy stalks.


Sunflowers are not only available in yellow. There are many different varieties out there that produce amazing colours. Some examples include Little Tiger, Moulin Rouge, Earthwalker and Terracotta.

Now you will never look at a bouquet of sunflowers quite the same again! The best part of all is that these blooms look perfect all on their own and there is no need to pair them with any other flowers when you display them in a vase.