Helianthus debilis 'Vanilla Ice'

The debilis forms have smaller blooms, perfect for hand-tied bunches, and are hugely prolific and long-flowering. More
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This has smaller, creamy white flowers, which are wonderful for hand-tied bunches. They are hugely prolific and long-flowering.

Pictured here with Gaura 'The Bride' and Cosmos 'Purity'.

Genus Helianthus
Group/Species debilis
Variety Vanilla Ice
Type Half-Hardy Annual
Common Name Sunflower
Border Position Back
Soil Type Neutral
Scent Unscented
Site Full Sun
Moisture Moist but Well-drained
Height 1.2m (4ft)
Spacing Plant 45cm (18in) apart.
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Sow early spring under cover or direct sow mid spring. Place 2 seeds 10cm (4in) apart at each planting post, and transplant one if both germinate.
Care Tips Use a sturdy stake to support, as the wind may catch the heavy heads. Pinch out at 8-10 inches.
Flowering June - October, 12-14 weeks from sowing
Vase Life 10 days, put straight into water and keep away from heat.
Harvesting Flower production: 4 months.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest
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Helianthus debilis 'Vanilla Ice' reviews

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Reviewed 1st August 2019 by Rona

Had not grown this before but certainly will again. 100% germination rate (very pleasing) but slugs loved them – planted out at about 10cm tall and even with protective barrier (plastic milk bottle around each stem) lost a lot to slug and snail damage – even quite large seedlings around 30cm tall had stems badly rasped by snails.
But persevered and it was worth it – only just coming into flower now but the colour and branching shape are lovely; I think it a more sophisticated-looking plant than Helianthus annuus (which I also grow and love to see planted en masse).

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Dorothy

Watch out for snail and slugs and high winds

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Alison

Not a great deal of success with these

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Sara

Grow these every year and love them

Helianthus debilis "Vanilla Ice" review

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Reviewed 26th August 2018 by Susan Porter

I am delighted with these gorgeous lemon/cream flowers. Tall and healthy plants with many flower heads. I have them in front of a lilac buddleia with the limes of Kniphofia 'Percy's Pride' and Cosmos 'Purity' and pale lemons of Cosmos 'Xanthos' in front of the Helianthus. Looks stunning and I love how they dance in even a slight breeze.
I have kept half the packet of seeds for next year.

Delightful and so easy to grow

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Reviewed 12th November 2016 by Pat Owen

This has been my first encounter with this delightful, lemon coloured helianthus. I grew them easily from seed following the instructions. They have flowered reliably in a poor and stony soil. They looked pretty staked with birch twigs, but I think they would have stood alone. The delicately coloured flowers are long lasting and attract insects. By accident I planted them in a border with pale purple and cream/pale yellow flowers and it has beautiful until this week when we had a hard frost. I will definitely grow them again.

Utterly lovely

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Reviewed 23rd October 2016 by Yvonne Lally

The seeds germinated well and the plants were strong ( I had such good germination I ended up giving plants away!).
They have flowered fully throughout the season, some reaching 7ft high - so do plant at the back of the border.
With regular deadheading they are still in full flower towards the end of October. Lovely soft creamy colour and a great cut flower. Small enough flowers to thread beautifully thorough other plants. Highly recommended.