Sunflower, Black Oil
Helianthus annuus Annual 5-7'
The black seeds are meatier and contain more oil than most other sunflowers. Grown primarily for oil production: seed is used to feed a variety of birds. Yellow flowers, golden brown centers that turn black at maturity. Not just another pretty sunflower! Provides food for us and for our pollinator and bird friends.
Planting Directions: Sow seed indoors in sterile seed starting medium with a soil temperature of 70° to 85°. Plant seed ¼” deep. Direct sow in the garden after your last frost when the soil has warmed considerably. Soil should worked thoroughly and well fertilized with either rich compost or a good general garden fertilizer. Space plants to stand 24-30” apart. Harvest for cut flowers when rays begin to open. For seed heads cut with stalks attached and hang to dry. Remove seed when thoroughly dry. Excellent for birds.