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Prairie Sunflower Seeds

Prairie Sunflower Seeds

The Perennial Sunflower!

(P) Pkt of 50 seeds
Item # 00952-PK-P1
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Glorious plumes of yellow, studded with 3-inch blooms in neat rows along their tremendous length, arise in late summer on these huge, hardy garden performers! If you like annual sunflowers, take a look at its perennial cousin!

Very easy to grow, Prairie Sunflower reaches 6 to 8 feet tall in the sun. It is trouble-free and very floriferous, beginning just as most of the summer color is winding down. What a great way to extend your season in the perennial border!

Excellent for cut flowers or for massed color in the back of the border, bed, or against an outdoor structure such as a shed or fence, Prairie Sunflower is one of the finest, most free-flowering sources of summer color we know! The blooms help carry the garden over the "in-between" season of late summer/early fall, and the tall, vigorous habit keeps the border looking full even as earlier bloomers begin to fade.

Direct-sow these seeds in any sunny spot. Not fussy about soil, Prairie Sunflower is hardy almost everywhere -- zones 4-9 -- in the contiguous U.S. We think it is a fine plant that should be part of everyone's garden! Packet is 50 seeds.

Review Summary
(Based on 4 Reviews)

Overall Rating: 4.5 / 5.0


Beautiful every year
Uncle Rippy from SC wrote on October 03, 2019

I have had these sun flowers from seed I bought from you growing for over 25 years. They are consistently the most trouble free and beautiful, with a large showing of flowers, variety I have ever had. They are very easy to relocate in their dormant stage (Dec.-Feb.) and can be shared with friends and family.

Off and running first year.
Brian from NH wrote on August 27, 2017

Put these in quite late but by mid August they're 4 feet tall and have multiple blooms on each plant. Put them on the slope of a drainage ditch in clay soil and they seem to love it. Can't wait until they spread next year.

Be Patient
Steve B from NY wrote on July 30, 2016

Planted last year. Good growth-no flowers. Cut down in Fall. This year 6' tall and 5-6 flowers per branch starting in mid July. Looks great!

Linda A from NC wrote on March 03, 2016

I LOVED them (at first)! They do grow very tall & showy, but quickly spread by seeds and roots. Very difficult to keep in control. If you do grow them, they will branch more fully if you pinch the tops off at about 6 inches - and again as they grow.

Helianthus Maximilianii Germination Information

Helianthus Maximilianii is the botanical name for Prairie Sunflower
Helianthus Maximilianii Seed Germination How to Sow Helianthus Maximilianii:
  • Sow indoors at 55-72° (will germinate over a wide temperature range) at a depth of 4 times the diameter of the seeds
  • Expect germination in 15 days
  • Can be sown outdoors in early spring while the soil is still cool or in fall, up to two months before first frost
  • When sowing outdoors, sow at a depth same as indoors and expect germination in 15-20 days
  • When sowing seed outdoors, we recommend a maximum planting depth of 4X the width of the seed

How to Grow Helianthus Maximilianii:
Transplanting: Transplant when there are at least two sets of true leaves

Spacing: Space plants 21/2-3 feet apart in full sun in almost any soil short of water-logged

Soil: Very tolerant of drought and heat

Appearance and Use:

A giant for the back of the border and for cut flower use. Habit is upright from 10-12 tall by 3 feet wide. The 3-inch-diameter, daisy-like flowers heads are borne on spikes late in the season from August to October. The disk-shaped flowers are brown while the showy ray florets are yellow. Bees love the flowers and birds love the seeds. The coarse-textured leaves are medium green and lanceolate to 12 inches long

About Helianthus Maximilianii:
Pronunciation:  he-le-an’thus mak-si-mil-i-an’e-i
Lifecycle:  Perennial
Origination: Asteraceae, native to midwestern America
Common Name: Prairie Sunflower

Superior Germination Through Superior Science

Park's Superior Seeds Park Seed's humidity- and temperature-controlled seed storage vault Park Seed offers some of the highest-quality vegetable and flower seeds available in the industry, and there are a number of reasons for this.

First of all, we have humidity- and temperature-controlled storage, and we never treat any of our seeds with chemicals or pesticides. Nor do we ever sell GMO's (genetically modified seeds), so you always know the products you're buying from us are natural as well as safe for you and the environment.

Superior Standards - University Inspected

Testing seeds against minimum germination standards To make sure we are providing the best seed product possible and that our customers will get the highest number of seedlings from every packet, we conduct our own germination testing and have quality-control measures in every stage of our seed-handling operation. We hold ourselves to standards that are at or above federal and state standards, including testing specific crops more frequently than recommended by federal guidelines. And in order to maintain our organic certification, we welcome Clemson University to inspect us annually to make sure our organic seeds, which are stored and processed separately, are being handled properly.

Hand Packed By Experienced Technicians

Park Seed has been handling and packing vegetable and flower seeds for 145 years, a history that has given us a great understanding of how each variety should be cared for and maintained throughout every step of theprocess, from collection to shipping.

When packing our seeds, the majority are actually done by hand (with extreme care!), and we often over-pack them, so you're receiving more than the stated quantity.

The Park Seed Gold Standard

Park Seed's exclusive Fresh-Pak gold foil seed packets And many of our seeds are packed in our exclusive Fresh-Pak gold foil packets, which are lined to keep moisture out, so the seeds stay fresher for longer. We carefully pack very tiny or fragile seeds in crush-proof vials to ensure safe delivery to your home. Some of the small seeds are also offered as "pellets" (have a clay coating) to make sowing and growing easier.

When it comes to the kinds of seeds we offer, we are constantly seeking something new and provide many unique and hard-to-find varieties from all around the world. Our on-staff horticulturists are ready and available to share their expertise to help you with the success of these seeds, so you can grow a beautiful and productive garden!
Does Park sell GMO's or treated seeds?
GMO freeIt is important for our customers to know that Park Seed does not sell GMO or treated seed.

What are the differences between organic, heirloom, and hybrid seed?
Basically, organic seeds are seeds that are produced without the use and exposure to artificial/chemical fertilizers, insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, and other chemicals. They have to be grown, harvested, stored, and handled under very strict organic rules and procedures. All of our organic seeds are USDA 100% certified organic through Clemson University and the certificate has to be renewed yearly.

Heirloom Seeds are open-pollinated -- they are not hybrids. You can gather and save heirloom seed from year to year and they will grow true to type every year, so they can be passed down through generations. To be considered an heirloom, a variety would have to be at least from the 1940's and 3 generations old (many varieties are much older -- some 100 years or more!).

Hybrid seed are the product of cross-pollination between 2 different parent plants, resulting in a new plant/seed that is different from the parents. Unlike Heirloom seed, hybrid seed need to be re-purchased new every year (and not saved). They usually will not grow true to type if you save them, but will revert to one of the parents they were crossed with and most likely look/taste different in some way.

What are pelleted seeds? Why do you use them? How do I handle/sow them?
Pelleted pentas seedsExtremely small seed such as Petunias and Pentas are shipped as pelleted seed to make them easier to handle and sow. Pelleted seed are coated, usually with clay, to make them larger in size. After sowing, the coating will dissolve when wet and the seed will germinate. Pelleted seeds are shipped in vials placed inside seed packets, which protects them from being crushed. When sowing, be certain to use thoroughly moistened soil, to be sure that the clay coating absorbs enough moisture to dissolve. For sowing pelleted Petunia seeds, place the seeds directly on the soil surface and do not cover with soil, as light aids in the germination.

What is ideal temperature to germinate most seeds?
The ideal temperature to germinate most seeds is approximately 70 degrees F; give or take 1-2 degrees either way. This would be a good germination temperature for most flower and vegetable seeds and would be the most practical and feasible temperatures achieved for gardeners starting seeds in the home. You will notice for some seeds that it is recommended to use alternating day (warmer), night (cooler), temperatures, which is fine if one can provide such conditions. But most people are unable to provide those temperatures in a home setting, so just use the overall 70 degree F recommendation and the seeds should germinate well.

How long should grow lights be kept on per day and how close to the plants should the light be kept?
For germination and seedling/plant growth, you want to simulate the natural day-night cycles, and as a general rule, grow lights should be on 8-12 hours per day and off at night. You can vary this timing, as some seeds such as tomato, pepper, petunia, impatiens, and others, benefit from 14-17 hours of light per day (and the remainder of the 24 hour period in darkness). The most common grow lights used are fluorescent; using cool white, warm white, and wide-spectrum fluorescent tubes. These lights work well for germination and for growing plants up to a transplantable size. Fluorescent lights should be kept close though, 3-6 inches above the soil or the growing plants, adjusting the height as the plants grow.

How long will seeds keep in storage?
Park Seed stores seed in a special temperature- and humidity-controlled storage facility, which keeps seeds in excellent condition. Our seeds should be good for at least 1-2 years on average. Seed viability and storage time will vary depending on the seed item; some will keep a shorter time and some will keep longer. Seeds should be stored in a cool, dark, dry place. A basement will do (if not too humid), or a cool, dark room or closet. We recommend the best way to extend seed storage life is to store them in something air tight, such as a plastic zipper storage bag or canning jar, and place it in the refrigerator. This will extend the life of seeds for many years.

What is the best way to store seeds over a longer time period?
We recommend the best way to extend seed storage life is to store seeds in something air tight, such as a plastic zipper storage bag or canning jar, and place it in the refrigerator. This will extend the life of seeds for many years.

What depth should I sow various seeds?
When sowing seed outdoors, we recommend a maximum planting depth of 4X the width of the seed. When sowing seed indoors, the planting depth can be less, depending on the seed being sown, so it is always best to check specific directions. Here are some general guidelines concerning planting depth in relation to seed size: Tiny, dust-like seeds need to be sown on the surface of the growing medium or soil, uncovered, as they need light to germinate. The planting depth for small seed can be anywhere from barely covering, to 1/8-inch deep, to possibly 1/4-inch deep, depending on the recommendation. Medium seed should be planted at 1/4- to 1/2-inch deep, depending on the recommendation. Larger seeds can be planted 1-inch or deeper, depending on the recommendation.