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Planted at Mount Vernon


  • Upper Garden
  • Pioneer Farm
  • Fruit Garden & Nursery

  • Hardiness Zones

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005


    These gorgeous native plants bloom in a variety of colors and sizes, including pale yellow, oranges, and golds. Some are grown merely for their beauty while others, such as the Mammoth sunflower, are grown for their seeds.

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    Seeds available to purchase from Mount Vernon

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    Latin Name

    Helianthus annuus


    Family

    Asteraceae


    Type of Plant

    Annuals

    Bloom Season

    July - August


    Seasons

    Summer

    Specifications

    Max Height: 10'
    Max Spread: 3'

    Uses

  • Annual
  • Edible

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun

    Tolerances

  • Deer
  • Drought
  • Dry Soil

  • Attracted Wildlife

    Birds
    Butterflies

    Colors


    Native Range

    United States and Central America


    History

    They were discovered by the Spanish in the 1500s and were growing in colonial gardens by the 1600s.


    Other Details

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    Bartlett Tree Expert Company has been working with Mount Vernon Estate since 2011 providing expert arboricultural care and GPS mapping for the estate’s historic trees, as well as support from their research facility.   Mount Vernon is proud to partner with Bartlett Tree Experts and appreciates their sponsorship of George Washington’s Mount Vernon Plant Finder App.

    Bring Washington's Garden Home

    Purchase our historic seeds, collected from plants grown at Mount Vernon and plant them in your own garden.

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