This native plant of Mexico is a favorite of butterflies and is extremely heat and drought tolerant. ThisTithonia has beautiful bright 3-4 inch orange daisy flowers on 5-6 feet plant. Although this is not a true Sunflower as we know, however in Central America this is a common and popular flower. They also are butterfly magnets, particularly the Monarch butterfly. Tithonia may grow as a perennial in USDA Zones 10 - 11.The plant thrives in hot, sunny climates and does best if it is allowed to dry out in-between deep waterings. These vibrant-orange blooms of Tithinoa rotundifolia are a great addition to any garden or meadow. Common along roadsides in the high mountains of central Mexico.
100 Seeds Per Package
Tips on How to Grow Tithonia (Mexican Sunflower) from Seeds
Germination is in 10-15 days at 60- 65°F. Do Not Cover Seeds
SOW INDOORS 8-10 weeks before the last frost.
Finish time is 8-15 weeks
TRANSPLANT outdoors after danger of frost, 8-12" apart.
This heat loving annual produces large bushy plants that are covered in bright orange flowers. The heat and drought tolerance of Tithonia means it can be effectively used in semi -arid environments that many other annuals couldn’t tolerate, and adds a vivid look to garden beds.
Plant outside 1 to 2 weeks after average last frost, and when soil temperature is 65º–75ºF.
- Give the plants plenty of room, especially for low-growing varieties that will branch out. Make rows about 30 inches apart. For very smaller varieties, plant closer together, around 12inches apart. You can plant multiple seeds and thin them to the strongest contenders when the plants are 15cm (6in) tall.
- Stake tall varieties of Mexican sunflower plants to prevent them from falling over. Use soft twist ties to attach each plant's stem loosely to one bamboo or wooden stake. An alternative is to place Mexican sunflower plants next to a wall or behind shorter plants to help hold them upright..