- 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
(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 Torch Sunflower
Direct Seed: 6" Apart
Direct Seed: 1/2" Deep
Germination: 10-14 Days
Rows Apart: 24-36"
Instructions - Sow seeds outdoors after last frost. Sunflowers prefer full sun to light shade and well-drained rich soil. Provide support for tall plants.
Ratings & Reviews
Plant for monarchs and long blooms
Best monarch attraction in garden. Every day 3 - 12 monarchs for over a month in mid / late summer Wisconsin. Blooms lasted 4- 8 weeks dependent on weather
Gorgeous, long-lasting blooms
My favorite summer flower! These keep blooming over a long period, and they attract lots of hummingbirds as well as butterflies.
GORGEOUS SUNFLOWER !!!!!!!
by TAMMY MICHAEL
I wish I could post a picture!!!! Mine is orange!! BEAUTIFUL!!!
Very fast growing and readily grows 4 to 5 feet tall, great attractor of Monarch Butterflies, I have Monarchs that basically live on these flowers and they are quite large!
Essential Butterfly and Hummingbird Plant!
Plant it and they will come! Tiger Swallowtails, Black Swallowtails, Monarchs and hummingbirds are always busy on my Tithonia from mid-July to frost (Chicago suburbs). This is a tall lanky plant so I put it in the back row 2 - 3 feet apart and place a 4 foot tomato cage over each seedling I transplant. The plants thrusts its branches out the sides of the cage and grows another foot or two past the top so it is anchored against our Midwest winds while the cage is totally camoflaged by the large lobed leaves. I start the seeds in covered trays on Mother's Day weekend and enjoy good germination rates. I am also delighted by the occasional volunteer that reseeds. I think 2018 was the first year I bought Tithonia seeds from Seedsavers (along with rue seeds) and my butterfly garden will never be without again. As an added plus, these absolutely GLOW in the late evening sun. Rodents don't bother them, they thrive in heat and tolerate clay soil and drought. What is there not to love?
This flower gives us so much joy! This flower is truly a butterfly and bumblebee magnet and easy to grow. I doubled down this year by starting some indoors; I planted these seedlings in straw bales and created wall of blooms! Never fails to bring a smile to my face to see the monarchs attending to these. I plan to leave the stalks up for winter interest and for the birds.