The Best Sunflowers for Cut Flowers
'Autumn Beauty', a multistem variety, grows 40 to 60 inches tall with 5-inch flowers in shades of red and yellow and bronze.
'Chianti Hybrid' is wine-red with flecks of gold, a real showstopper that tops out at around 5 feet. It's multiple-branched with purple stems.
'Italian White' produces delicate 3-to-4-inch white to pale yellow blooms with brown centers on a 60-inch plant.
'Soraya' is the first sunflower named an All-America Selections Winner. Raised both for flowers and to attract birds, this branching plant produces 4-to-6-inch flowers in orange with dark centers on 6-foot-tall plants.
'Taiyo' is a top florists' choice. Its 10-to-12-inch yellow blooms grow on a 5-to-6-foot plant.