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This giant among sunflowers is a fast grower whose single stalk can reach 12′ tall and produces one 10″-12″ flower! Not fussy about soil, it’s very easy to grow and drought tolerant. Grow in a tight row to make an attractive screen. Sow monthly for continual bloom into fall. Edible, gray-striped seeds invite birds in the fall (if you don’t eat the seeds first!). Sunflower petals are edible, with a bittersweet flavor. The petals add a pretty pop of color ion salads and desserts. The young, sunflower buds are edible, with a flavor similar to artichoke hearts. They can be grilled, marinated, or sauteed for an unusual appetizer or side dish.