Sunflower, Hopi Black Dye (Helianthus annuus), packet of 30 seeds, organic

$2.95

Family:  Aster (Asteracea)

Annual.  90-100 days to maturity.

(Hopi Black Dye Sunflower, Traditional Oil Sunflower) Generally single-headed although occasionally poly-headed, the plants are sturdy of stem and consistently dark black of seed.  The ray flowers are golden yellow.  The seeds are used by Native Americans for dyeing wool and basketry.  Imparts a color-fast light purple.  Heirloom variety from Hopi Land, an oil, food, and dye plant that has its roots in ancient prehistory.  One of the first domesticated plants, archaeological evidence points to the middle archaic period for the first human harboring of sunflower.  The black seeded sunflowers are generally considered to be best for oil.  We recommend direct-seeding in the spring.  Plant a bit close at first, protect from crows, and eat the sprouts.  Thin to 2 feet apart.

30 seeds/pkt, certified organically grown

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  1. Flowered in Kyoto, Japan

    Kurou Suehisa (verified owner)

    It’s nice. Beautiful dark yellow. Grows robustly even in a small pot, but needs depth more than 20cm.

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  2. Hopi Black Dye Sunflower in Kyoto, Japan

    Suehisa Kurou (verified owner)

    This cultivar is nice to plant. Germinated well nearly 100% and grows robustly adapting to Japanese common soil. The photoed one became taller than 2m high even in a pot of 40cm diameter. Neither disease nor pest damage. Flower is beautiful dark yellow. I’m looking forward to dyeing my shirts with the seeds as Hopi People do.

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    • Admin Richo Cech

      Very nice. It is a little miracle. Richo

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