Mexican sunflower (Tithonia rotundifolia ‘Torch’)

Tithonia rotundifolia ‘Torch’ or Mexican sunflower is a tall annual that’s grows 5-6 feet high and has orange blooms from midsummer until the end of the growing season.

Late season view of a patch of Mexican Sunflowers

It is native to Mexico and Central America. Tithonia is an excellent source for cut flowers and is a hub for bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.

A match made in heaven!

Tithonia can handle a wide range of soils but likes full sun and well-drained soil. Monarchs and Tithonia rotundifolia ‘Torch’ have a lot in common color wise! ?

Plant Type: Annual
Plant Name: Tithonia rotundifolia ‘Torch’ (Mexican sunflower)
Plant Description: Tall and shrub like
Height: 4 – 6 feet
Spread: 18 – 24 inches
Foliage: Green
Flower: Orange
Climate: Zones 3-11
Soil: Loamy soil pH from 5.5 to 6.5
Sun: Part shade to full sun
Specific Conditions: May need to be supported in windy areas, does not like overly moist/wet sites.

Availability: Easy to find. Typically grown from seed

Key growing considerations: Should be deadheaded and may need staking.


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