Tarahumara Sunflower

SKU: 0773A
$3.95 to $19.95

Item Details

A well-adapted introduction, most likely of Canadian Mennonite origin, later adopted by the Tarahumara tribe. Solid gold flowers are 8-10" in diameter. Primarily ivory-colored edible seeds with an occasional striped seed. Tolerant of poor conditions. Plants grow 6-9' tall.

  • 80 days
  • Organic
  • Annual flowers with golden petals grow to 10 inches across
  • Edible seeds
  • Plants grow to 6-9 feet tall
  • Tolerates poor soil

Growing Instructions

Instructions - Sow seeds outdoors after last frost. Sunflowers prefer full sun to light shade and well-drained rich soil. Provide support for tall plants.

  • Direct Seed: 6" Apart
  • Direct Seed: 1/2" Deep
  • Germination: 10-14 Days
  • Rows Apart: 24-36"

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I grew these sunflowers from seed this year and am having great success. The biggest one is probably nine feet tall!

Fast growing, great germination rate and time, and maybe mouse resistant or not mouse preferred


This is our first time growing this variety. Mice got into our greenhouse yesterday and ate all our winter squash seeds and all of our sunflower seeds except for this variety. They ate a few of these white seeds and took a bite out of two or three cotyledons. That's all. Most of them are okay and growing fast. We put the peat pots on top of our refrigerator in a clear bin until they grow true leaves. Then we will put them in the ground. We consider them mouse resistant fast growing and the germination rate and short germination time are incredible!. We soaked the seeds in water for 24 hours before planting in 4-in peat pots.

Cold hardy


I buy Tarahumara from Seed Savers regularly. It can be started inside very early, then hardened off and set out early as the plants are frost tolerant. Great germination and grow quickly. I do have to protect them from chipmunks and rabbits, even when bigger. Until about 2’ tall I use barriers, like large plastic coffee cups with the bottoms cut off, and I set up a second barrier in the form of inverted tomato cage encircled by an empty wall-o-water. I spray with a strong cayenne-peppermint infusion too. The critters learn that peppermint means fiery and suffer less burning mouths, plus chipmunks hate the smell. When the barriers comes down I continue spraying so critters don’t eat the flower heads. Tarahumara is great for early and late season growing and it tolerates a lot of abuse.