'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.
Named after an ancient European princess, '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. In a vase, 'Soraya' blooms are perky for 7 days with excellent leaf and flower quality for homes. Be careful, though, as flower pollen can permanently stain linen.
Easily grown from seed,'Soraya' will flower in about 90-100 days. Sow seed in a prepared garden bed when soil temperatures have warmed to about 60-70°.
Plants are self supporting and need full sun to attain a height of five to six feet in the garden. 'Soraya' flowers can produce seed for birds if left on the plants to mature.
Genus, species: Helianthus annuus
Common name: sunflower
Flower color: orange
Size: 4-6 inches
Height: 5-6 feet
Width: 2 feet
Foliage color: dark green
Spacing: 6-12 inches
Unique qualities: orange petals, chocolate brown disk
Length of time sowing seed to flower: 90-100 days
Closest comparisons on market: 'Sonja' and 'Sunrich Orange"
Information and graphics courtesy of All-America Selections
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Date last revised: 01/05/2010