Sunflower ‘Ice Cream’ is a different species than our other sunflowers. It is a cultivar of Helianthus debilis, which is native to coastal areas of the Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic states. It is perennial in warmer climates but can be grown as an annual in cold climates. The unique, cream-colored flowers have chocolate centers that are surrounded by golden yellow halos. Recommended for the home garden as well as mass plantings. It attracts large numbers of native bees and butterflies, and birds will eat the seeds. Plants are drought and salt tolerant and make a good stabilizer for sandy soils.