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Mexican Torch

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Tithonia rotundifolia. Mexican Torch seeds produce exceedingly bright orange flowers atop massive plants that grow to 1.8m (6′) in just a few months. Tithonia does not produce edible flowers, and is not a true sunflower. Grown in large containers (3-5 gallons minimum), plants will stay more compact, growing only to 60cm (24″) tall. Tithonia is highly attractive to pollinators, including hummingbirds, and looks great when planted in big clumps or rows. The seeds are easy to collect and dry for future planting, and the massive stalks from the plants can be used for trellising peas or pole beans the following year. Mexican Torch won an AAS Award in 1951.

Quick Facts:

    • Hardy annual
    • Large, bright orange flowers
    • Grow in large containers
    • Grows 1.8m (6′) tall
    • Tithonia rotundifolia

    All About Mexican Torch

    Latin

    Latin
    Tithonia rotundifolia

    Difficulty

    Difficulty
    Easy

    Season & Zone

    Season & Zone
    Exposure: Full sun

    Timing

    Timing
    Start seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost, and transplant out once night time temperatures are reliably above 10°C (50°F). Seeds germinate in 5-14 days.

    Starting

    Starting
    Sow seeds on the surface of the soil under bright lights, and maintain a soil temperature of 21°C (70°F). Seeds can be direct sown outdoors in spring, but well after last frost, and only where winters are mild.

    Growing

    Growing
    Stake plants, particularly in windy areas, and water only during prolonged dry weather. Plant in full sun, allowing 60cm (24″) between plants. Any light soil will work.

    Mexican Sunflower Seeds

    Sowing: Direct sow in spring, pressing into the surface of the soil. Keep the soil lightly moist until germination, which usually occurs within 1-2 weeks. This plant can also be started indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost of spring.

    Growing: Water seedlings occasionally until they become established; since they need good drainage, mature plants grow well in drought and poor soil. Soil that is too rich and moist will have a negative effect. If planted in a windy location, staking or support may be necessary. Deadhead to prolong the blooming season. This plant will self-seed occasionally in good growing conditions. It attracts hummingbirds and butterflies.

    Harvesting: For cut flowers, choose stems with flowers that have just opened. Strip the foliage that will fall below the water level, and place in water immediately.

    Seed Saving: After the flowers fade, spiky seed heads will develop; gloves may be necessary when handling them. Allow them to begin to dry and turn color. They should be gathered before they begin to crumble and drop their seed. Cut the seed heads and spread them out to dry away from direct sunlight. Separate the seed from the husks, and store the cleaned seed in a cool, dry place.

    FAST FACTS

    Common Names: Red Sunflower

    Latin Name: Tithonia rotundifolia

    Species Origin: Introduced US Flower

    Type: Garden Flowers

    Life Cycle: Annual

    USDA Zones: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

    US Regions: California, Mountain, Arid/Desert, Plains/Texas, Midwest, Northern, Northeast, Southeast

    Seeds per Ounce: 2,800

    Stratification: No Stratification

    Germination Ease: No Stratification

    Sunlight: Full Sun

    Height: 60 Inches

    Color: Orange

    Bloom Season: Blooms Late Summer, Blooms Early Fall

    Uses: Cut Flowers

    Review By Anonymous
    Excellent Product , Fast Service

    Always quickly shipped, packaged very well. Good product, stellar service.

    Review By Cd
    Beautiful and easy to grow

    Beautiful and easy to grow.
    Vibrant orange color. Love it.
    It grew to 5 feet tall after 6 weeks transplant into the garden, and flowered after 5-6 weeks transplant.

    Review By Ed Volk
    On time

    Delivered on time

    Review By Greg Welhouse
    Photo popular

    I rate this flower highly if you like to photograph butterflies, it is also great for planting in mass for boarders. If you like color this is a must.

    Review By Pamela Friedman
    Received order

    I received my seed order in a timely manner in nice packing. Lots of seeds!

    Review By Grace Price
    Lovely, lovely!

    A great example of the unusual and unique in seeds! I can’t wait to see how these seeds develop this Spring. I am amazed at your selection of different seeds and service. Your deliveries are the most prompt that I have received lately! Thank you!

    Review By Clare Davis
    Mexican Sunflower

    I absolutely have fallen in love with this plant. They attrach every kind of bee and butterfly that you can imagine, and they are beautiful! Mine reached seven feet tall! I plan to plant many more next year. Also, they germinate very readily. Add them to your garden you will not regret it.

    Review By Tamara Castro
    fast to germinate

    I took a chance ordering these seeds in late August, but I am hoping for some autumn blooms. Seeds germinated only a few days after planting, and now after about 10 days I have some robust seedlings about 2″ tall. Looking forward to seeing their blooming faces! Thank you so much for always shipping so fast; my order typically arrives to me about 3 days after placing my order.

    Review By Susan Burton
    Such a great deal!

    I bought 11 different items from Everwilde and it was such a great deal. Best pricing, quantity, and packaging of any company I have ever dealt with. I do not believe you could go wrong with any product sold by Everwilde.

    Review By TC
    No seeds yet.

    Ordered my seeds on March 17, today is March 30. Still have not received the seeds.

    Review By Troy Waldschmidt
    Monarch magnet

    The monarchs in my central Illinois garden,will fly past many different flowers, and hit this plant.I plan to keep Mexican sunflowers growing in my garden every year. I had some issues with it being a late bloomer,that could of been due to a really wet spring,but it was in it’s full bloom late summer and into late fall for the return migration of monarchs.

    Review By CountyLineOhio
    Beautiful

    Sown second week in May, first flower emerged late July- During the weeks without rain they held up without being watered albeit the loss of some lower leaves- Even being grown in poor soil some have reached about 5′ and the rest about 4′ or smaller- Despite varied heights all have buds or blooms- I planted them with cosmos Purity, the vivid orange and pure white creates a striking contrast- They do attract butterflies .. It’s the first time I’ve seen a Monarch in years ..

    Review By Lazy buttefly gardener
    Followup to previous review with funny story

    I came to this site to order another pound of mexican sunflower seeds. They have been a big hit wherever they have been planted. The buttefly scientist I work with is a doctoral student at FIU doing his thesis on planting butterfly gardens in schools and measuring the impact on the kids. I bought these seeds the first time on a whim because some northern based bloggers had mentioned them. We are in Miami.
    Yesterday the butterfly scientist was here. I had given him a zip lock bag with a lot of mexican sunflower seeds out of my 1 pound package from Everwilde. He had them in his backpack to give out like Johnny Appleseed ,and forgot to remove them before flying abroad. When he returned, U S Customs discovered them and confiscated them. He told me he was so upset he had quite a todo with them about the good seeds, but to no avail. Here I am ordering him his own pound of seeds. Mine have been doing well. I scattered more in my yard. They need staking.

    Review By lazy butterfly gardener
    Good for a lazy butterfly gardener

    I dont know nothin about sunflowers except I was a little reluctant to try them. I bought a pack from Everwilde and scattered a few here and there in sunny parts of my butterfly garden to see what would happen. I am too lazy to plant seeds properly. My butterfly garden is covered with peat moss and pine bark and I just scattered a few, not knowing what would happen. Two of them have come up and begun flowering and they are not only dramatic in appearance, but are attracting butterflies. Another plant is coming up that might be the same. Today the butterfly specialist visited my garden and was so impressed by the look of the mexican sunflowers that he is planning to feature them in the butterfly gardens we are helping construct at schools, hoping the principals who dont like anything will be impressed. These are a great addition to a butterfly garden that has butterflies. You still need host plants for caterpillars.

    DESCRIPTION

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    This popular annual is quite tall and quite wide, almost creating a hedge. Flaming orange flowers among the large, velvety leaves attract many butterflies and hummingbirds. It is also super easy to grow, so this plant has it all!

    As the name suggests, this bright sunflower originally comes from Mexico. Gardeners appreciate this plant for its ability to attract flocks of butterflies. In South Africa, its hardy growth has spread to the wild and made it a common wildflower. The genus name “Tithonia” comes Greek mythology and refers to Tithonius, the beloved of Aurora, the goddess of the dawn.

    HOW TO GROW

    Sowing: Direct sow in spring, pressing into the surface of the soil. Keep the soil lightly moist until germination, which usually occurs within 1-2 weeks. This plant can also be started indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost of spring.

    Growing: Water seedlings occasionally until they become established; since they need good drainage, mature plants grow well in drought and poor soil. Soil that is too rich and moist will have a negative effect. If planted in a windy location, staking or support may be necessary. Deadhead to prolong the blooming season. This plant will self-seed occasionally in good growing conditions. It attracts hummingbirds and butterflies.

    Harvesting: For cut flowers, choose stems with flowers that have just opened. Strip the foliage that will fall below the water level, and place in water immediately.

    Seed Saving: After the flowers fade, spiky seed heads will develop; gloves may be necessary when handling them. Allow them to begin to dry and turn color. They should be gathered before they begin to crumble and drop their seed. Cut the seed heads and spread them out to dry away from direct sunlight. Separate the seed from the husks, and store the cleaned seed in a cool, dry place.

    FAST FACTS

    Common Names: Red Sunflower

    Latin Name: Tithonia rotundifolia

    Species Origin: Introduced US Flower

    Type: Garden Flowers

    Life Cycle: Annual

    USDA Zones: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

    US Regions: California, Mountain, Arid/Desert, Plains/Texas, Midwest, Northern, Northeast, Southeast

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