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Sunflower

"Soraya"

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'Soraya' is the first sunflower in AAS history to earn an AAS Award. One of the distinct qualities is orange petals; most sunflowers have golden petals.

Named after an ancient European princess, 'Soraya' sunflowers are eye catching because of the orange petals with a chocolate brown center. 'Soraya' plants are branching and vigorous producing 4 to 6 inch blooms on long stems perfect for cut flowers. In a vase, 'Soraya' blooms are perky for 7 days with excellent leaf and flower quality for homes. Be careful, though, as flower pollen can permanently stain linen.

Easily grown from seed,'Soraya' will flower in about 90-100 days. Sow seed in a prepared garden bed when soil temperatures have warmed to about 60-70.

Plants are self supporting and need full sun to attain a height of five to six feet in the garden.  'Soraya' flowers can produce seed for birds if left on the plants to mature.

Genus, species:  Helianthus annuus

Common name:  sunflower

Flower color:  orange

Form: single

Size:  4-6 inches

Height:  5-6 feet

Width: 2 feet

Foliage color: dark green

Spacing:  6-12 inches

Unique qualities:  orange petals, chocolate brown disk

Length of time sowing seed to flower:  90-100 days

Closest comparisons on market:  'Sonja' and 'Sunrich Orange"

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Date last revised: 01/05/2010