While they don’t have the huge blooms of their annual cousins, they carry their flowers in such abundance that they provide great garden impact A terrific dwarf perennial sunflower, ideal towards the middle of a sunny border but also short enough for containers or tubs. This forms an upright mound of pointy dark-green leaves. Strong stems appear by midsummer, holding bicolored daisies with yellow petals surrounding a wide anemone-style double golden centre or eye. The 3-4” blossoms stand upright on purple branched stems atop dark green foliage.Excellent for cutting. Plants prefer a sunny location but a rich and moisture-retentive soil. Easily divided in the spring. Cut the dead stems back to the ground in late fall, or leave for winter interest if desired. Very attractive to bees and butterflies.

Sun Exposure:  full sun

Soil type: all

Soil PH: all

Soil Moisture:  average to moist well drained soil.

Care level: easy

Flower color:  yellow

Bloom time: late summer to fall

Foliage Color: deep green

Uses and Characteristics: border, container, massed, cut flower, attracts bees and butterflies and birds

Flower head size: large

Height:  55-60 cm (21-23 inches)  Width: 45-60 cm (18-23 inches)

Growth Rate: medium


Propagation:  Divide every 3 to 4 years in the spring to control plant size. Stem cuttings in spring.   

Helianthus ‘Happy Days’, Dwarf Perennial  Sunflower, zones 5-9

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