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Mexican sunflower

Tithonia rotundifolia  'Torch'

'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 CharacteristicsBright flowers, sturdy plants, vigorous growth. 'Torch' makes a good cut flower.

CareProvide well-drained, moderately fertile soil in full sun. Stake if necessary and shelter from strong winds. Grows best in hot, sunny weather.

PropagationStart 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.

ProblemsSlugs and snails, but nothing serious.

  • Genus : Tithonia
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Height : 3 to 6 feet
  • Plant Type : Annuals
  • Characteristics : Attracts Hummingbirds
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Bloom Time : Early Fall, Late Summer, Summer
  • Growth Rate : Fast
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
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