2000 AAS Flower Award Winner:
Sunflower 'Soraya'
National Winner
2000 AAS Flower Award Winner:
Sunflower 'Soraya'
National Winner
2000 AAS Flower Award Winner:
Sunflower 'Soraya'
National Winner
2000 AAS Flower Award Winner:
Sunflower 'Soraya'
National Winner

Sunflower 'Soraya'
2000 AAS Flower Award Winner

'Soraya' is the first sunflower in AAS history to earn an AAS Award. One of the distinct qualities is orange petals, most sunflowers have golden petals. 'Soraya' sunflowers are eye-catching because of the orange petals with a chocolate brown center. 'Soraya' plants are branching and vigorous producing 4- to 6-inch blooms on long stems, perfect for cut flowers. 'Soraya' will flower in about 80-90 days from sowing seed. Plants are self supporting and may attain a height of five to six feet in the full-sun garden. 'Soraya' flowers can produce seed for birds if left on the plants to mature.

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AAS Winner Primary Details
Award: AAS Flower Award Winner
Award Type: National Winner
Class: Sunflower
Variety Name: 'Soraya'
Genus: Helianthus
Species: annuus
Year: 2000
Common Name: Sunflower
Type: Flowers from Seed
Breeder: Benary Seed
Close Market Comparison: 'Sonja' and 'Sunrich Orange F1'
Plant Needs
Duration Type: Annual
Light Needs: Full sun
Water Needs: Normal
Dead Heading Recommended: NO
Staking Required: NO
Plant Characteristics
Foliage Color: Green
Plant Habit: Upright
Plant Height: Tall: Over 24"
Garden Spacing: 20 inches
Bloom Time: Summer
Bloom Color: Orange, Brown
Bloom Color Pattern: Bicolor
Bloom Size: 4-6 inches
Fragrance: None
Pollinator Friendly: Bees, Birds
Home Gardener Use
Container: YES
Hanging Basket: NO
Low Edging: NO
Tall Background: YES
Ground Cover: NO
Herb: NO
Cut Flower: YES
Dried Flower / Everlasting: NO
Houseplant: NO
Water Garden: NO
Edible Ornamental: NO

How to Grow

 Sunflowers are difficult to transplant. Sow seed into prepared garden soil. Cover seed with soil. Expect germination in 5-10 days. Water when needed.

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