Tithonia rotundifolia Bond with Goldfinger! 4' tall with bright orange 3–4" blooms comparable to Torch’s. Upright and uniform habit, but more dwarf than Torch, yet with nearly as much charm and greater versatility. Especially attractive to pollinators.③
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Annual. Also known as Mexican Sunflower. Attract butterflies and bumblebees with these tall floriferous beauties. The dressy blooms often exceed 4" across and continue over a long season.
Culture: Heat-loving plant closely related to the zinnia. Sow outdoors after danger of frost in 70–85° soil, or start indoors 6 weeks before last frost date. Tithonia sulks in the cold so don’t bring it out too soon. ~100 seeds/g.
All flowers are open-pollinated except where noted.
Days in parentheses after a variety indicate days to first bloom.
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