- Annual flowers with multiple flower heads per plant
- Plants grow to 4-6 feet tall
- Flower heads grow to 3 inches across
- Bright orange flowers attract butterflies
- 60 days
Sunflower, Torch Description
(Tithonia rotundifolia) (aka Mexican Sunflower) Fiery orange 2-3" flowers attract lots of butterflies all summer long until frost. A favorite because of its extended bloom period. Nice for fresh arrangements. Branching plants grow 4-6' tall. Annual, 60 days.
Learn to Grow it
This crop can be direct seeded into warm soil after the last spring frost. If you sow a section or row every two or three weeks, you can get a continuous crop.
Space your plants or seeds 6-8 inches apart in well fertilized soil. Plant your seeds 1/4-3/4 in. deep.
Make sure that your soil is well fertilized as this crop is a heavy feeder and takes a lot of nutrients from the soil. Consider adding compost to the soil the year before you plant.
These plants prefer warm weather and soil so they should be grown when temperatures are over 68 degrees F.