Mexican Sunflower

Mexican Sunflower

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Tithonia rotundifolia

Mexican sunflower
is a wonderful, bright orange flower that attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Easy to grow, it tolerates drought, heat, and poor soil. Large and cheery, this classic flower is a favorite in gardens worldwide. Great for lining the back of a flower bed, as the tall plants are a orange and green wall of color and scent. Likes full sun, grows to 5 ft tall and 4 ft wide. The leaves and stems are covered with soft downy fuzz, and make a great bouquet of cut flowers. Grows tall in warmer zones, some to over 15 feet! Blooms all season. Deer resistant and hardy. The flowers are up to 3 inches across with a single array of flowers surrounding a dense cluster of bright orange. Blooms remain open and attractive for ten days or more, especially with consistent dead-heading. Growing instructions Start seed indoors 4-5 weeks before last frost in pots, or sow directly into the garden after danger of serious frost has passed. Cover seeds with 1/4 inch of fine soil. 10 to 15 day germination time. Keep soil moderately moist during germination (not soggy). Transplant indoor started seedlings after hardening off and danger of serious frost has passed. Space plants at least 12 inches apart.

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