En Norte América, el girasol se cultiva en la Región de los Grandes Llanuras (Great Plains) de los Estados Unidos y Canadá. Tradicionalmente, Rusia ha sido el productor número uno de girasol. Argentina es otro líder mundial en su producción.
'Peredovik' is a Russian oilseed sunflower that matures in about 110 days. It is grown for quality cooking oil.
'Rostov' is an oilseed variety that produces very large, 30 cm heads on 2 m, sturdy, wind resistant stalks.
'Russian Mammoth' produces white and black edible seeds on the largest sunflower heads at ECHO Florida. ‘Skyscraper’ is the only variety that grows taller.
‘Sunspot' is a dwarf confection sunflower producing 20 to 30 cm heads filled with edible seeds.
A local variety that averages 2.5 m (8.2 ft) in height. The flowers are around 15 cm (6 in) across and petals are yellow in color. The seeds have a striped pattern and the kernel is quite tasty.
Local northern Thai variety with kernels black in color. Can grow between 2-3 m (6.5-10 ft) in height.