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Sunflower, Coconut Ice Hybrid

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Amazing white sunflower.

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There is something new under the sun, and it's this extraordinary white sunflower. Standing 5' tall the single-headed flowers with black centers are 4-8" across. The petals start out a rich creamy vanilla and gradually transition to white.
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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.


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.

48-60 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

20-24 inches

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

Beds, Borders, Cut Flowers

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.


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    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

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 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.
Full Sun
48-60 inches
20-24 inches
Ornamental Use
Beds, Borders, Cut Flowers
Life Cycle
Growth Habit
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Bloom Duration
9 weeks
Flower color
Cream, White
Sunflower, Coconut Ice Hybrid is rated 3.8 out of 5 by 13.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Will plant these again I was intrigued by this variety of sunflower, and they did not disappoint! As described, they grow to avery manageable 5 ft without becoming top heavy. Many of the stalks have more than one flower. As someone previously noted, they are truly beautiful against a blue sky. I only hope they will attract goldfinches!
Date published: 2018-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exotic and gorgeous! Wow! I really enjoy sunflowers in my garden, especially unusual ones. And these are VERY pretty. Bloomed early, and looked great. I'm planting twice as many next year!
Date published: 2017-09-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Happy Beautiful flowers. Not too large--perfect for a table-top bouquet. Sowed directly in soil--probably late March--and about 30% blossomed by early July, with additional 60-70% in following weeks. Required a little TLC in southern California heat in early stages (or at least I thought they did), but hardy species requiring not too much water through early summer.
Date published: 2017-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Flower!!! I planted these along with 2 other varieties on a slope that had been ignored for many many years. Weeds were the only things that sprouted there. I love sunflowers and wanted to take advantage of their "tap root" to try to loosen up the soil a bit. I didn't think they would do very well but thought it was worth a try. I planted 12-13 seeds and 11 sprouted. I watered daily and had to provide protection from birds until they were 6-8 inches tall. I fertilized twice about 4 weeks apart. They have all bloomed now (or are at least in the process). The tallest is probably 3 1/2 to 4 feet tall, and the flowers themselves are varying sizes. One plant has several flowers along it's stalk, several plants have double or triple flowers at the top (see picture), and the flowers are all varying sizes. I love the color!!! I'd call it a creamy pale yellow, and it is beautiful against a blue sky.
Date published: 2017-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I lost Bunnies and Chipmunks won the initial battle this year and I did not see the Coconut Ice this year. Next year I try again and win. Appreciate your follow up Terry Smetzer
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Moderately White Sunflower We tried this sunflower with Ms. Mars thinking the combination would look nice against our dark brown privacy fence. The flower was more pale yellow than white and was lacking in abundance of blooms. As with Ms. Mars, the seeds did not germinate very well and the stocks were patching instead of a continuous line as planted.
Date published: 2015-08-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Eh. Like I've shared in my previous reviews, my yard for the last two years has at least 150 sunflowers in it each season. I like to think I know my stuff when it comes to sunflowers. Out of the small package, very few sprouted, and then I was only able to get 1 or 2 to actually BLOOM. a lot of them just were stems. They were also not "white" like the description from Burpee. They are just a faint yellow. Aaaanndd, the height says 4-5 feet.... more like one or two feet, tops. They are very little.
Date published: 2014-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Sunflower These little beauties did just as predicted. Was very happy with the results, as were the goldfinches that live near my house! I did get a rogue yellow sunflower in my mix, but it's ok.
Date published: 2014-09-07
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