Flowers Tithonia (Mexican Sunflower)

Mexican Sunflower

Tithonia Seed

Product ID: 3784

Late-season cut flower attracts beneficial insects.

Blooms midsummer until first hard freeze, providing bright, 3-3 1/2" flowers well into fall. Most plants produce orange, with a small percentage producing red or yellow blooms. Vigorous and full plant habit. Performs well in hot, dry climates. Native to Central America and Mexico.

• Attracts Beneficial Insects: Nectar plant and habitat for bees and butterflies.

Ht. 60-72". Avg. 2,800 seeds/oz. Packet: 50 seeds.




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DAYS TO GERMINATION: 7-14 days at 70-85°F (21-29°C)

SOWING: Direct seed (recommended) - After last frost. Sow once soil temperature is 70-85°F (21-29°C). Barely cover seeds as light is required for germination. Transplant - Sow 6 weeks before last frost. Tolerates poor soil. Light aids germination.





HARVEST: Flowers 90-100% open. Stand in deep, warm water for several hours. Deadhead for longer bloom.

SOIL REQUIREMENTS: Fertile loam or sandy soil with good drainage. Tolerates poor soil. Excess nitrogen results in tall plants with few flowers.

Fresh cut flower. Tall varieties are good for cutting or back of beds or border. Plants are fast growing and attractive, making Tithonia an ideal annual summer hedge, though flowering occurs late in summer.

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Quick Facts

Latin Name
Tithonia rotundifolia
Days To Maturity
Average number of days from seeding date until ready for harvest.
85 - 90 Days
Life Cycle
Plants can be Annuals (single growing season), Perennials (grow year after year), Tender Perennials (grow year after year in warmer climates; and in some cases when given special protection in colder climates), or Biennials (require two years to mature).
Hybrid Status
Hybrid: The offspring of a cross between two or more distinct parent lines, usually of same species, and selected for improved traits.<br>Open-pollinated: A non-hybrid variety that can reproduce itself in kind, demonstrating relatively stable traits from one generation to the next.
Open Pollinated
Product Features
Use for Cut Flowers and Bouquets Use for Cut Flowers and Bouquets
Variety good for fresh cut-flower displays.
Attracts Beneficial Insects Attracts Beneficial Insects
Variety attracts and supports pollinators and/or insects that prey on garden pests.
Use for Cut Flowers and Bouquets Attracts Beneficial Insects