NC State Extension

Helianthus ‘Golden Glory’

Helianthus 'Golden Glory'

Trial: Annual

Years Trialed: 2003

Good Qualities:

Beautiful golden color of petals with typical sunflower brown center (6); Large flower heads (2); Last to flower, flower is a good size, not too large; Uniform bloom time; Nice bloom, stems were easier to strip than other varieties; Very strong stem; Nice size disc; Thinner stems, flower head at less than 90o, slightly longer petals with up to 8 inch heads; Strong stems, very well accepted, nice size flower heads; Shorter plants than many other cultivars; Sturdy stem, pollenless, customers love this type at our market; Good vertical stand for petals; Uniform height and flower consistent in size; Nice flower.


Poor germination (5); Stems too thick (3); No problems (2); Rust; Seedlings “spiraled” at soil level, most didn’t live to get in the ground; 18 to 24 inches total height, very small blooms; Rain and handling damaged petals, customers would not buy too large flower and stem; Pollen; A little taller than average, a reach to pick; Didn’t like the way the petals didn’t open, they seemed short, would like a taller sunflower; Did not perform well for me (Zone 6b); Staggered blooming, cutting at longer stem lengths would include buds too immature; Too big a center and too short of eyelashes; Too large for cuts; Hit by disease, didn’t fully recover head is heavy.


Similar to ‘Sunrich Orange’ (2); Germination was poor, about 50%, transplants had very weak necks; Spotty germination due to dry conditions; Sold the seed heads; We only grow pollenless sunflowers; I prefer ‘Full Sun’; Bloomed late into season, height of plant, easy to cut; Do we need more sunflowers for outdoor field production?; Thrips loved it; Kind of an unremarkable sunflower; Began blooming 9/17, a week after ‘Full Sun’, but still not much more than 2 months after planting; Won’t replace Sunrich; Slightly smaller flower than ‘Sunrich Orange’, nice for bouquet use, liked by customers at farmers market; Needs work; One trialer’s results:

3 May Planting 9 June Planting
1st Harvest 25 days 22 days
Peak 30 days 25 days
Last 45 days 29 days

Trial Data

Helianthus ‘Golden Glory’
Yield (stems/plant) Stem Length (inches) Market Appreciation Rating – Wholesale (1) Market Appreciation Rating – Retail (1) Market Appreciation Rating – Consumer (1) Repeat Again Rating (2) Ease of Cultivation Rating (2) Average Spacing (in2)
Average 1.1 35.7 3.3 3.8 3.8 3.0 4.3 95
Range of Responses 1-12 10-72 3-4 3-5 1-5 1-5 1-5 9-216

(1) 1 to 5 scale, with 5 being the best. Market ratings are based on sales to wholesalers, retailers, or final consumers direct.


Fred C. Gloeckner

600 Mamaroneck Ave.

Harrison, NY 10528-1613

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