Belonging to the Helianthus genus (Helianthus annuus 'The Bee's Knees'), The Bee's Knees is a variety of Sunflower. 'The Bee's Knees' is considered a hybrid cultivar. Blooms appear in these approximate colours: Canary yellow and Dutch orange and Dark brown. When mature, blooms are roughly 20.0 cm (that's 7.8 inches in imperial) in diameter.The mature flowers are of a Single form. When ripe, fruit appear in these approximate colours: Otter brown and Brown. Leaves appear approximately as a Ao green and Dark spring green colour.
F1 mixture, with dark pollen free centres and shades of yellow petals ranging from cream to red brown. Perfect for cut flowers. Edible flower buds(before they open) and edible seeds.
Ideal for cut flowers
United Kingdom is believed to be where The Bee's Knees originates from.
Due to how easy it is to grow in a variety of conditions, The Bee's Knees Sunflower is great for beginner gardeners and those that like low maintainance gardens.
This variety plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about The Bee's Knees have been kindly provided by our members.
Prefers well drained soil in full sun
Staking is usually not needed unless exposed to unexpected strong winds
Sow thinly 1cm deep 30 cm apart in well cultivated soil. Can be sown in spring indoors with heat at 20C
Keep the seedling short before planting out by growing in cool and bright conditions, such as in a cold fram
By our calculations, you should look at sowing The Bee's Knees about 21 days before your last frost date.
When plants are well grown gradually acclimatise them to out door conditions and plant out after all the frost has past
Choose a bright sunny site, not exposed to the wind
Flowers are good for cutting, a variety of colours with medium sized heads.
The seeds can also be harvested for the birds
However, ‘The Bees’ knees’ are F1 so will not come true to seed if harvested to grow next year
The botanical epithet is from the Latin annuus meaning “annual”.1
‘Helios’ means sun
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