Flowers Tithonia (Mexican Sunflower) Torch


Tithonia Seed

Product ID: 1320

Best Tithonia for cutting.

3 1/2" wide flowers on strong branching plants with velvety dark green leaves. Attracts beneficial insects such as hover flies, minute pirate bugs, and butterflies. Blooms midsummer to frost. Loves hot, dry sites. Also known as clavel de muerto. Ht. 60-72". Avg. 2,600 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): Sow seeds after the last frost when 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 in 2-3" containers. Plant outside after the last frost.


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




HARVEST: Fresh: Harvest when flowers are 90% to fully open, but still have tight centers. Stand in deep, warm water several hours. Deadhead to increase flower production.

Fresh cut flower. Tall varieties are good for cutting or back of beds or border. Quick growing annual summer hedge.

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Quick Facts

Latin Name
Tithonia rotundifolia
Days To Maturity
Average number of days from seeding date until ready for harvest.
100 - 120 Days
Life Cycle
Plants are either Annuals (single growing season), Perennials (grows year after year), or Biennials (require two years to mature).
Product Features
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Good variety to choose for fresh cut Flowers displays.
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