Teddy Bear Sunflowers – A Cuddly Giant Flower

Unusual Teddy Bear sunflowers.

I love all sorts of sunflowers.  They are my daughter’s favorite flower and I plant them in all of my garden beds each year.  I have some in my test garden that are about 7 feet tall right now and still not opened.  I plant the large yellow type and rust colored ones too, but I have never had a chance to plant this beauty.

How to grow Teddy Bear Sunflowers

Image adapted from a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license photo. Photographer Mike Peel.

The variety is called a Teddy Bear sunflower and it is just gorgeous. The image below is by photographer Pamela Nocentini who has captured one in all its glory.

Teddy Bear SunflowerThe plant is an annual, sown from seed each year in the spring. Helianthus annuus is the botanical name.

Kids really love this Teddy Bear sunflower. This unusual member of the sunflower family is unlike regular types. It has cuddly-looking, 4-5 inch fully-doubled yellow flowers that are held up on sturdy dwarf plants 2 1/2-3 feet tall.

  • Full Sun
  • Sow seeds in April to May.
  • Days to germination 7-14.
  • Water deeply but infrequently.
  • Amend soil with organic matter.
  • Do not over fertilize or the stems may break.

One source that I have found for the seeds is Territorial Seed Company.

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  6 comments for “Teddy Bear Sunflowers – A Cuddly Giant Flower

  1. dee
    06/30/2013 at 8:22 am

    ones i use to plant never got tall, maybe 12-20in.

    • admin
      06/30/2013 at 8:41 am

      I have two sunflowers in my yard right now just ready to open that are at least 7 feet tall. They are the biggest ones I have grown yet.

      Not the teddy bear ones though. I would love to get some seeds for them.

      Carol

  2. 08/18/2013 at 1:45 pm

    I would be very interested in finding out where to get these seeds from,they are beautiful.

  3. Martiens Prinsloo
    12/18/2013 at 1:15 pm

    Hi There

    Were can we get hold of this seed. This giant sunflower is very nice to look at and to have in you’re garden. We are searching for the giant Teddy Bear sunflower website but can only find a few but there is no place for us to contact the people. Please can someone e-mail us in this regard. We had some seeds and the flowers that we had were very giant, approximately 6feet high. We can only get the Teddy bear ‘dwarf” seeds from Starke Ayres. We believe Kirchoff’s may have some packets of seeds (giant flowers/seeds)
    Thank you

    • admin
      12/19/2013 at 1:43 pm

      I have not seen the seeds for this variety for sale anywhere so I can’t help on that Martiens. Carol

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