Mexican sunflower

Tithonia rotundifolia  'Torch'

Photo/Illustration: 
Chris Curless
Photo/Illustration: 
Chris Curless
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Mexican sunflower (Tithonia rotundifolia  'Torch')
Genus:  Tithonia
'Torch' is a quick-growing annual that produces vivid red or orange-red dahlia-like flowers from mid-summer on. Its leaves are somewhat attractive, being dark green and lobed. Plants can reach up to 6 feet tall and 2 feet wide in just a few months. 
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Bright flowers, sturdy plants, vigorous growth. 'Torch' makes a good cut flower.
Care:  Provide well-drained, moderately fertile soil in full sun. Stake if necessary and shelter from strong winds. Grows best in hot, sunny weather.
Propagation:  Start indoors 4-6 weeks before last frost date and plant out after danger of frost has passed. Or sow directly into garden in late spring. Avoid exposing seedlings to cold.
Problems:  Slugs and snails, but nothing serious.

Overview

Height
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Fast Grower
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Attracts Butterflies,
Attracts Hummingbirds,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Early Fall,
Late Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
Orange/Salmon Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Cut Flower
Style
Cottage Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Annuals

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