IMPORTANT: You are using an old browser. You will not be able to checkout using this browser for data security reasons. Please use another browser or upgrade this one to continue. Read more.

Sunflower, Elf

Short Description

The shortest sunflower ever. Long blooming too!

Full Description

Elf is the finest dwarf, bright gold sunflower ever. Blooms are 4" across on plants only 16" tall. This Burpee Exclusive is easy to grow and perfect for containers, children's gardens, borders and for attracting butterflies.
Buy this product
Item # Product
Order
Quantity
Price
Item#: 36046A
Order: 1 Pkt. (50 seeds)
- +
$4.99
Add to Wish List

In Stock

Product properties

Type Some flowers and vegetables fall into subcategories that may define how they grow (such as pole or bush), what they are used for (such as slicing tomatoes or shelling peas), flower type, or other designations that will help you select the type of a class of plant that you are looking for.

Dwarf

Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

14-16 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

6-8 inches

Ornamental Use Ways in which the product may be used in the garden for ornamental effect.

Beds, Container

Life Cycle This refers to whether a plant is an annual, biennial or perennial. Annuals complete their life cycles in one year; biennials produce foliage the first year and bloom and go to seed the second year; perennials can live for more than two years.

Annual

the burpee

difference

100%

satisfaction
guaranteed

non-gmo
since 1876

Images

Customer favorite
Enlarge Photo
Print Page

Video

Growing Sunflowers
See how easy it is to grow these summertime favorites.
Watch video
  • Sunflowers

    Sunflowers
    Start Indoors Start Indoors Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
    Transplant Transplant When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
    Start Outdoors Start Outdoors Starting seeds outdoors is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the spring or summer
    Start Indoors Fall Start Indoors Fall Starting seeds indoors in the fall called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    Transplant Fall Transplant Fall Transplant Fall-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for fall
    Start Outdoors Fall Start Outdoors Fall Starting seeds outdoors in the fall is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    First Date: May-09 - Last Date: May-16
    Jan
    Feb
    Mar
    Apr
    May
    Jun
    Jul
    Aug
    Sep
    Oct
    Nov
    Dec

Sunflowers are grown from seed sown directly in the garden after frost.

  • Direct sow seeds in average soil in full sun after all danger of frost.
  • When choosing a site consider that sunflowers need a well-drained soil.  They face the sun, so make sure they are in an open area of the garden. The taller varieties will cast shadows on other plants, so plant these at the north end of your garden.
  • Prepare the soil by removing weeds and working organic matter into the top 6-8 inches of soil; then level and smooth.
  • Most plants respond well to soils amended with organic matter. Compost is a wonderful form of organic matter with a good balance of nutrients and an ideal pH level, it can be added to your planting area at any time. If compost is not available, top dress the soil after planting with 1-2 inches of organic mulch, which will begin to breakdown into compost. After the growing season, a soil test will indicate what soil amendments are needed for the following season.
  • Sow seeds ½ inch deep in groups of 2 or 3 seeds. Space the groups 18-24 inches feet apart, depending on the variety.
  • Firm soil lightly, water and keep evenly moist.
  • Seedlings will emerge in 7-10 days.
  • Thin to one plant per group when seedlings have two sets of leaves.
  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating. 
  • Mulches also help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures. For annuals an organic mulch of shredded leaves lends a natural look to the bed and will improve the soil as it breaks down in time. Always keep mulches off a plant’s stems to prevent possible rot.
  • Keep soil evenly moist but not wet.
  • Once established sunflowers can tolerate drought.
  • No fertilizer is needed unless the soil is poor. Do not over fertilize.
  • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.
  • Some varieties only produce one bloom so once the bloom is spent, the plant may be removed.
  • Remove plants after they are killed by frost in fall to avoid disease issues the following year.
  • Edible sunflowers will mature in about 3 months or more after sowing. To harvest the seeds, cut the heads off after the stalks are quite dry but before fall or winter rains come. Check the flower heads for maturity to see if the florets in the center of the flower disk have shriveled and the back of the flower head is turning yellow, or the head is starting to droop. Cut flower-heads with a foot of the stalk attached. Hang heads in a warm, dry, well-ventilated place so the seeds may fully ripen and dry. Cheesecloth, netting or a paper bag with holes punched in for ventilation should be placed over the head to protect the seeds and to collect those that may drop from drying.
  • Shorter varieties may be grown in containers. Be sure to use a commercial potting mix.
  • Pollenless varieties make terrific cut flowers.
Type
Dwarf
Sun
Full Sun
Height
14-16 inches
Spread
6-8 inches
Ornamental Use
Beds, Container
Life Cycle
Annual
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Bloom Duration
5 weeks
Flower color
Yellow
Sunflower, Elf is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 13.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sunshine in a pot! What a lovely flower. I put some in pots on my patios and they were gorgeous. Unfortunately I also put them in my garden hoping for a beautiful display but some small critter ate every one of them!
Date published: 2017-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sunny spot in back yard Even on a rainy day, I look out the back window and smile at the happy blooms.
Date published: 2017-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Flower Purchased a pack of these and planted in my butterfly garden. They grew well and the goldfinches ate on them for weeks. People in my neighborhood made comments about how nice the sunflowers were and how much they loved seeing the finches for over 4 weeks.
Date published: 2017-08-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from "Elf" is great description These little beauties just started blooming! Like the small plant; not overwhelming.
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from NEVER GROW! Very disappointed with the seeds. I started them inside and they never grow enough to plant outside. I then planted the rest of the seeds outside and they never grew.
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Mighty Elf Love them. Easy to grow and beautiful. For boarders and beds where you don't want a giant plant. Mine grew to 2.5 to 3 feet and they are just so happy looking. I used raised-bed soil supplemented with a bit of composted manure. They seem to like it. I never fertilized and other then a soaker hose on a timer, I left them alone. I currently have them ringing a bed of Chianti sunflowers from Burpee. It makes a very nice combo.
Date published: 2016-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect! I plant sunflowers every year, but I'd never seen them in this dwarf size! I planted them in an old tub and I think they are so stinkin' CUTE! Easy to grow as well. I'll be planting these from now on.
Date published: 2016-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT SUNFLOWER!!!! These sunflowers are great- but watch out for rabbits! I planted 3, but a rabbit ate 1. One sunflower is full grown, and it is 20 inches. These sunflowers are definitely on my planting list next year!
Date published: 2013-08-12
  • y_2017, m_10, d_16, h_20
  • bvseo_bulk, prod_bvrr, vn_bulk_2.0.3
  • cp_1, bvpage1
  • co_hasreviews, tv_0, tr_13
  • loc_en_US, sid_prod000388, prod, sort_[SortEntry(order=SUBMISSION_TIME, direction=DESCENDING)]
  • clientName_burpee