Botanical Name: Helianthemum nummularium 'Annabel'
Common Name: Annabel Sunrose  
Plant photo of: Helianthemum nummularium 'Annabel'
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Ground cover, Perennial


Height Range

Under 1'


Flower Color



Flower Season



Leaf Color

Green, Grey Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season








Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Rich, Poor, Well-drained, Dry


Soil pH

Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

English Cottage, Mediterranean, Ranch, Spanish


Accenting Features

Showy Flowers


Seasonal Interest



Location Uses

Perennial Border, Parking Strip, Raised Planter, Walkways, With Rocks


Special Uses

Erosion Control, Mass Planting, Small Spaces


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Stephanie Duer
Photographer: Don Syrek
  • Description

  • Notes

'Annabel' is a double-petaled, pink sunrose growing about 4 to 6 inches tall and 18 or more inches across. The (nearly) evergreen foliage is small and fine, and silvery grey. The plant forms a tidy, compact mound that is attractive even when not in flower. Blooms in mid to late spring.
Grow in well drained soil and full sun to part shade. Deadheading isn't necessary, but cutting the whole plant back by a third in mid summer can result in more dense foliage and, sometimes, a second blooming in the fall, though it will be less showy. In mild winters, foliage may be evergreen, but summer sun may score the leaves; evergreen boughs are useful as a protective cover. There are helianthemum planted at the Washington Square Demonstration Garden.