May 28, 2017

Show-stopper

Helianthus annuus 'Moulin Rouge' - sunflower

Janine Pineo Photo | Helianthus annuus ‘Moulin Rouge’ – sunflower

Helianthus annuus 'Moulin Rouge' - sunflower - The back of the petals are streaked with a golden yellow.

Janine Pineo Photo | Helianthus annuus ‘Moulin Rouge’ – sunflower – The back of the petals are streaked with a golden yellow.

The dramatic ‘Moulin Rouge’ sunflower is a hybrid often used by the cut-flower industry, producing pollenless blossoms on multibranching plants. This Helianthus annuus is considered the standard for red sunflowers, its velvety petals a rich burgundy. The flower easily reaches 6 feet in height – sometimes more – producing flowers that are 4 to 6 inches wide. Sometimes there is a hint of a golden ring around the center and oftentimes the backs of the petals are streaked with golden yellow as well. The name ‘Moulin Rouge’ is derived from the Paris cabaret, which has a red windmill on its roof. Moulin rouge is French for “red mill.”