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.

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.

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! ?

 

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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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