Dwarf sunflowers (Helianthus annuus hybrids) are similar to full-size sunflowers, although they may produce multiple flowers per stem, depending on the cultivar.
They are annuals that die after they bloom.
Their small size makes them well-suited to growing in small pots, and they can be grown indoors.
They have very specific requirements, however, that may make it difficult to grow them successfully in many homes.
Dwarf sunflowers range in height from 1 to 3 feet, depending on the cultivar.
“Big Smile” (Helianthus annuus “Big Smile”) grows to a height of about 8 inches and has 4-inch-diameter flowers with yellow petals and a black center.
That cultivar produces a single flower.
Up to three "Big Smile" plants can grow in one 6-inch-diameter pot.
“Teddy Bear” (Helianthus annuus “Teddy Bear”) grows to a little more than 1 foot tall and produces multiple yellow-orange flowers.
The main 4-inch-wide flower blooms first and is followed by four to six secondary flowers.
“Pacino” (Helianthus annuus “Pacino”) grows about 2 feet tall and produces flowers like “Teddy Bear” flowers, although "Pacino" flowers have yellow centers and petals.