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Perennial sunflowers, which are mostly grown in vegetable gardens, are more refined and popular than annual sunflowers because they have finer leaves and smaller flowers. There are some kinds of perennial sunflowers which can grow up very tall. I have also grown some of perennial sunflowers in my garden and I suggest you to do the same because these flowers are not only beautiful but also attract butterflies and birds. Here I have made a list of perennial sunflowers from which you can choose one to grow in your garden.

Thin-Leaved Sunflowers

Thin-leaved sunflowers can grow up to five feet tall provided that they are planted in full sun or partial shade. They are quite popular among growers because they are adaptable to different soil and light conditions. Having bright yellow color with a greenish central cone, these sunflowers are long lasting when used as cut flowers. This plant produces more flowers when it is properly deadheaded. Best growing season for these sunflowers is late summer or early fall as they are at their peak at these times of year.

Maximilian’s Sunflowers

This type of perennial sunflowers is the tallest among perennial sunflowers as it can grow up to six to seven feet tall. Its height can vary depending upon soil conditions and humidity. These plants produce bright yellow flowers from mid summer to late summer.

Swamp Sunflowers

Having yellow flowers with dark centers, these flowers are native to East Coast. Their best attribute is that they can tolerate damp soil conditions which other plants can’t. Its blooming season starts from late August and continues until October. These plants can also grow up to seven feet tall.

Flore-Pleno

This plant produces golden-yellow flowers all summer and can grow up to a height of four to five feet. These sunflower plants attract butterflies and hummingbirds and due to this quality, I have also grown these in my home garden. Flore-pleno is resistant to pests and diseases and requires partial shade to grow well.

Woodland Sunflowers

Like swamp sunflowers, these are also native to East Coast. These sunflowers naturally grow in wooded areas having clear-yellow flowers and stiff leaves which are like sandpaper. These sunflowers are a good choice for those gardens which have partially shaded locations.

Sunflowers are beautiful creature of God which adds colors and beauty to a garden so consider growing any of the above perennial sunflowers to beautify your garden.

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Sunflowers grow very fast and have beautiful blooms so they are very popular among flowers growers. To recognize a sunflower is very easy because of its bright and eye-catching yellow color. But there are some species of sunflowers that are having so many types making it difficult to recognize their plants. There are some features of these flowers that can help you to recognize and identify sunflower plants. Here I am going to describe these.

Notice the Growth of Plants

If you are facing problem in identifying these plants, then the first thing to follow is paying attention to their growth. The daily growth of sunflower plants is quite easy to notice as they can grow tall in several inches daily. Also remember that the flowers on these plants start blooming in late summer.

Feel the Leaves

The next method to identify these plants is to feel and watch the leaves carefully. The leaves are of dark green color having coarse edges. As far as feeling the leaves is concerned, they give a furry and shaggy feeling making it easy to recognize.

Watch their Position Carefully

As the sunflowers turn their heads towards the sun during daytime and stoop in the night so this feature can be proved very helpful in identifying these plants.

Looking Carefully to the Blooms

There is another distinguishing feature of sunflower plants that can help you to recognize them. For this, look carefully to the blooms. You will find that the blooms are made of several mini-flowers. This feature is not found in any other plant so you can easily recognize them. The mini-flowers will have five petals which will be merged together and surrounded by five stamens as well. This is another way you can identify sunflowers.

These were some steps describing the method of identifying sunflower plants. Hope you will find them very helpful.