15 Stunning Types Of Sunflowers

Summer is here and nothing says summer quite like the sunflower! Sunflowers are known for their large faces and bright petals that match the sun’s rays. Grown year round, sunflowers are relatively easy to cultivate. Their beautiful petals love direct sunlight and flourish best in summer months.

However, not all sunflowers possess that yellow color they are so well known for. Because of the many different types of sunflowers, FTD has created a guide that covers the 15 most beautiful types of sunflowers broken down into tall, dwarf and colored varieties. They also created a visual guide that features the eight most popular types of sunflowers and their names.

Tall Sunflowers

Did you know that sunflowers can grow to heights of 16 feet? Because of their tall and stalky stems, they can grow to be several feet high. Here is a list of the most popular types of
sunflowers in the tall variety:

American Giant

close up of sunflower-american-giant you can see lots of blurry ones in the background

With a maximum height of 15 feet and a face that grows to one foot in width, it is no wonder they call this one the American Giant.


two sunflowers skyscraper side by side their center is huge and its quite yellow the petals are bright yellow

This sunflower can reach heights of up to 12 feet tall with 14-inch flower petals!

Schweinitz’s Sunflower

sunflower schweinitzs is on the smaller side and its center is quite small also its petals are bright yellow

This sunflower species is one of the rarest in America. It has an average height of 6.5 feet, but can grow up to 16 feet tall!

Sunforest Mix

a row of sunflowers sunforest mix against a clear blue sky

This sunflowers height can get anywhere between 10-15 feet high and 40 inches across.

Russian Mammoth

a field filled with sunflower russian mammoth these are big yellow petals sunflowers

The Russian Mammoth is a popular flower that is used in a lot of county fairs because of its height of 12 feet and effortless ability to grow.

Dwarf Sunflowers

Dwarf sunflowers are a type of sunflower that grows to heights of only three feet or smaller! They love to grow in gardens and look great in planters when placed in bunches. Here is a list of the most popular sunflowers in the dwarf variety:

Little Becka

sunflower little becka has ombre petals from yellow to red ba

The average height of this sunflower is about one to two feet high and looks great when wanting to add a splash of color to your garden.


sunflower pacino closeup this one is on the smaller side its petals are bright yellow and its center is mustard yellow

Also known as the “dwarf pacino gold,” this sunflower usually grows to be about 12 to 16 inches with a maximum height of two feet.

Sundance Kid

sunflower sundance kid has quite the unusual look with juxtaposes petals that goes from yellow to orange to brown

This sunflower reaches to be about knee high and was one of the first to ever be domesticated!

Sunny Smile

sunflower-sunny-smile has a big brown center with smaller petals that are bright yellow pictured here are three of them

Ranging from 12 to 15 inches tall, the Sunny Smile has sturdy stalks that make them great when gardening with children or pets.

Suntastic Yellow

a field full of sunflower-suntastic-yellow

The Suntastic Yellow likes to grow in packs of about five or eight and grow to be only 20 inches tall.

Colored Sunflowers

Thanks to hybridizing, sunflowers now come in a variety of colors from creamy custard to deep red wine. They are perfect for adding a pop of color to your garden or home decor. Here is a list of the most popular sunflowers in the colored variety:


sunflower-terracotta has terracota petals with yellow tips and a brown-yellow center this one is on the bright sun

The Terracotta possesses more brown colors than other sunflowers which make it ideal for fall displays.

Ms. Mars

sunflower ms mars has ombre petals from red to white the center of the flower is almost black

This gorgeous flower has red to purple hues that transform to subtle yellow on the tips.


sunflower earthwalker has red petals that become yellow at the tip where it attaches to the center this is a gorgeous colorful one

The Earthwalker possesses dark earthy hues that can range from golds and reds to browns.

Moulin Rouge

sunflower moulin rouge has velvety deep red petals and a blackish red center

Arguably one of the most unique colored sunflowers because of its consistent color and extravagant burgundy red petals.


sunflower chianti has burgundy petals and almost black center this is a picture of a single flower

The Chianti is one of the darkest sunflowers because of the deep red wine color of its petals and face.

8 Most Popular Colored Sunflowers

Because there are so many different types of colored sunflowers, FTD has created a visual guide to the eight most popular colored sunflowers.

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  1. Hi ya
    Is the Schweinitz Sunflower still on the rare list? It has suddenly appeared in our field in Somerset UK!

  2. Hi – No. That is actually a Helianthus which is a perennial whereas true sunflowers are annuals. The common name is Schweinitz’ Sunflower though. Nell

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