Helianthus annuus ‘Little Dorrit’

Family: Asteraceae

Helianthus annuus ‘Little Dorrit’ is a rather charming little sunflower that’s short in stature and very sweet.  Plants grow to around 60cm (2ft) tall.  Each Helianthus annuus ‘Little Dorrit’ plant produces a stout and sturdy stem that holds these stunning single flowers, with dark raised centres, encircled by a ring of golden yellow petals.  The blooms are large in comparison to the demure height of the plant but they’re not over-sized.  Undeniably cute, this really is a lovely sunflower to grow in your garden.

This is an F1 hybrid, so seeds sown at the same sowing, will produce very uniform plants that will flower in unison – ideal if you want to create an impact.  For a continuous display of sunflowers, sow a small number of seeds every two weeks.  Helianthus annuus ‘Little Dorrit’ is an ideal sunflower for a patio or container garden; it’s perfectly suited to growing in a container and makes a wonderfully cheerful plant to grow either side of your front door, to welcome you home.

Helianthus annuus ‘Little Dorrit’ is a hardy annual.  If you’d like to grow this sunflower in your garden, sow seeds in peat-free compost from the start of March until the end of June (in the UK).  Seeds can be sown in containers of peat-free compost or you could sow seeds in the soil, directly where you want the plant to flower.  Don’t forget to water your sunflowers during dry spells and protect your seedlings from slugs and snails.

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