Mexican Sunflower

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Mexican Sunflower Seeds

Fiery orange, zinnia-like blossoms

Tithonia rotundiflora
Effusive, crowd-pleasing plants grow tall and bloom heavily.
Resembles both zinnias and sunflowers. Interesting leaves have a slightly fuzzy texture. A great annual for mulched beds along lawns and walkways.
Quick Facts
Days to Germination 5 to 14 days
Days to Maturity 75 days
Planting Depth ½ inch
Spacing in Row 24 inches
Spacing Between Rows 36 inches
Height at Maturity 72 inches
Width at Maturity 36 inches
Detailed Product Info

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.

Growing Instructions

Start seeds indoors in a warm spot, about 75-80 degrees, 4-6 weeks before last frost date. 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! Transplant out after threat of frost has passed. 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. Reached heights up to 6 feet and is covered in fiery-orange zinnia-like blossoms by mid-summer.