Tithonia - Mexican Red Sunflower (Tithonia rotundifolia) Tithonia Mexican Red Sunflowers Organic, non-GMO

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Mexican Sunflower - Tithonia (Tithonia rotundifolia) Tithonia


Height 4-6 ft

Tithonia, also known as Mexican Sunflower, is a member of the daisy family (Asteraceae) and includes 10 to 15 species of bushy annuals, perennials and shrubs . Native to Mexico and Central America, this beautiful and stunning plant produces showy large, brightly colored daisy-like flowers on thick stems.

Mexican sunflower, T. rotundifolia, is a vigorous, drought tolerant warm season annual that is easy to grow in the ornamental garden with other common names of red sunflower of just tithonia. Tithonia plants have a large central stalk and a somewhat gangly branching habit. The stems can be brittle and staking is helpful. The triangular dark green leaves are coarse, and the underside is hairy; stems are covered with a soft downy fuzz. Dazzling scarlet red to brilliant orange petals have eye popping yellow centers making this flower an excellent addition to any garden, border or cutting flower garden.

  • Full sun
  • Attractive to butterflies, hummingbirds and beneficial insects.  
  • Start indoors 4-5 weeks before last frost date, sow seeds 1/2 inch deep and 1 inch apart in well drained seed starting mix. Keep warm and moist and provide a strong light source until seedlings are well established and ready to plant outdoors when seedlings are large enough to handle
  • OR direct sow outdoors 2 weeks before last frost and cover lightly; water in lightly and keep slightly moist until established.
  • Especially attractive to Monarch and swallowtail butterflies and bees
  • Plant with nicotiana, cosmos and zinnia to make a real show!
  • Seed Count: 25