Tithonia rotundifolia (120 days) Stately 6' plants with velvety dark green leaves bear scarlet-orange 4–5" blooms that attract hummingbirds and monarch butterflies. My fondness for this showy flower is shared by our customers. 1951 AAS. Especially attractive to pollinators.③
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Annual. Also known as Mexican Sunflower. Attract butterflies and bumblebees with these tall floriferous beauties. The dressy blooms often exceed 4" across and continue over a long season.
Culture: Heat-loving plant closely related to the zinnia. Sow outdoors after danger of frost in 70–85° soil, or start indoors 6 weeks before last frost date. Tithonia sulks in the cold so don’t bring it out too soon.
All flowers are open-pollinated except where noted.
Days in parentheses after a variety indicate days to first bloom.
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