A relative of zinnias and sunflowers, this striking plant resembles both. In height and structure, you will see why it is commonly called "sunflower" but once it blooms, you will see the close relation to zinnias. The tall stature and numerous blooms make this a great annual for landscaped ares. Seedlings are slower to start than zinnias or sunflowers, so have a bit of patience if you have not planted them before. They take off quickly once they get going! Mexican Sunflower prefers full sun and well-drained soil, but tolerates partial shade. This large plant resembles sunflower and zinnia plants some-what, but you will find that the leaves are quite interesting and have a slightly fuzzy texture. Reaches heights up to 6 feet and is covered in fiery-orange zinnia-like blossoms by mid-summer.