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Helianthus annuus 'Ms Mars' (Sunflower 'Ms Mars')

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
0.75m
Max height
0.4m
Max spread
1 year
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Helianthus annuus 'Ms Mars'

Other names

Sunflower 'Ms Mars'

Genus

Helianthus Helianthus

Variety or Cultivar

'Ms Mars' _ 'Ms Mars' is a vigorous, compact, erect annual with oval to heart-shaped, toothed, hairy, dark green leaves and, in summer, large, dark reddish-purple flowers with cream to pale yellow petal tips.


Helianthus annuus 'Ms Mars' is: Deciduous

Habit

Erect

Flower

Reddish-purple, Cream in Summer

Foliage

Dark-green in Spring; Dark-green in Summer; Dark-green in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Slugs , Snails Slugs , Snails

Powdery mildew , Sclerotinia diseases Powdery mildew , Sclerotinia diseases

General care

Pruning

Cut back after flowering. Remove annual at the end of the growing season.

Propagation

Sow seed in-situ or in pots in spring.

Propagation methods

Seed


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Where to grow

Helianthus annuus 'Ms Mars' (Sunflower 'Ms Mars') will reach a height of 0.75m and a spread of 0.4m after 1 year.

Suggested uses

Architectural, Beds and borders, City, Cottage/Informal, Flower Arranging, Wildlife

Cultivation

Sow seed in spring in moderately fertile, moist but well-drained, neutral to alkaline soil in full sun. Requires long, hot summers to flower well. Alternatively, sow in late winter with heat.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

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Botanical name

Helianthus annuus 'Ms Mars'

Other names

Sunflower 'Ms Mars'

Genus

Helianthus Helianthus

Variety or Cultivar

'Ms Mars' _ 'Ms Mars' is a vigorous, compact, erect annual with oval to heart-shaped, toothed, hairy, dark green leaves and, in summer, large, dark reddish-purple flowers with cream to pale yellow petal tips.

Native to

Central America, Central United States

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Erect


Colour

Flower

Reddish-purple, Cream in Summer

Foliage

Dark-green in Spring; Dark-green in Summer; Dark-green in Autumn


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Slugs , Snails

Specific diseases

Powdery mildew , Sclerotinia diseases

General care

Pruning

Cut back after flowering. Remove annual at the end of the growing season.

Propagation

Sow seed in-situ or in pots in spring.

Propagation methods

Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Helianthus annuus 'Ms Mars' (Sunflower 'Ms Mars') will reach a height of 0.75m and a spread of 0.4m after 1 year.

Suggested uses

Architectural, Beds and borders, City, Cottage/Informal, Flower Arranging, Wildlife

Cultivation

Sow seed in spring in moderately fertile, moist but well-drained, neutral to alkaline soil in full sun. Requires long, hot summers to flower well. Alternatively, sow in late winter with heat.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5

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