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Tithonia, Sundance

Short Description

Orange, daisy-like flowers.

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Also known as Mexican sunflower these large, showy, compact plants bear radiant scarlet-orange, daisy-like 3" flowers. Plant in the back of the annual flower border. Hummingbirds and butterflies love them. Very heat tolerant.
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Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

36 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

14-16 inches

Ornamental Use Ways in which the product may be used in the garden for ornamental effect.


Life Cycle This refers to whether a plant is an annual, biennial or perennial. Annuals complete their life cycles in one year; biennials produce foliage the first year and bloom and go to seed the second year; perennials can live for more than two years.


Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Direct Sow

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Full Sun
36 inches
14-16 inches
Ornamental Use
Life Cycle
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Bloom Duration
10 weeks
Tithonia, Sundance is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 17.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thriving Plants are over 5 ft tall.Lack of rain and planting in a remote garden location,has forced me to lug jugs of water to help the plants thrive. SO WORTH IT.Flowers are beautiful and the Monarchs(for whom they were planted) love them.
Date published: 2016-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful robust plants that require little care I started growing Tithonia (Mexican sunflowers) a few years ago. They are lovely and vigorous plants. The leaves are dark green and have an elegant shape, and the flowers are a dark and velvety orange. Humminbirds, bees, and a host of other garden friends love these flowers. Plus, they require virtually no care and only the occasional watering. This is just short of incredible in light of the conditions here in Santa Fe, NM. We're at close to 7,000 feet and the midday sun is just far too intense for many garden staples. It's nearing the end of summer; first frost hasn't happened quite yet, but it's near. The most vigorous plants are seven or eight feet tall and four feet wide and very full, almost bush like. They are wonderful annuals to have immediately around the house as they absorb a lot of sunlight but don't put roots down as a tree would. My only complaint is that collecting the seeds of this plant is a difficult task. The fried seed heads are sharp and jagged things. You truly need gloves to accomplish the task. It's really just a better bet to buy new seed packets.
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful flowers that make a statement! I garden professionally and a friend recommended the seeds to me for high impact in places where smaller flowers get lost against the background. These brought great joy to several clients of mine as they made dreary looking sheds look bright and happy all summer long!
Date published: 2016-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy care, butterfly magnet I planted this last year in full sun in New Orleans as late as early June. At first, I thought it was just a weed growing and the seeds didn't germinate (they were old), but I'm really glad I didn't pull it up! This thing made my backyard full of bees and butterflies, especially Monarchs. It definitely got bigger than 36" - it was more like 6 or 7 ft tall and probably 3-4 ft wide by the time it reached it's height. And it kept blooming until something like November. They also aren't picky about soil and are drought tolerant. It also makes a great cut flower - lasts quite a while in a vase. And cutting only promotes more blooms, so it's a win-win. Definitely plant these.
Date published: 2015-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hummingbird and Butterfly Magnet! Beautiful glowing orange color. Hummingbirds guard and fight over this flower. Butterflies love it. Grows to 7 foot high 5 foot wide in my area. Blooms all summer.
Date published: 2015-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terrific Tithonia Thanks for always having great seeds that turn into magnificent flowers!
Date published: 2014-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sundance I bought these seeds along with zinnias, thinking they would make a lovely combination. They did - however - the zinnias are average height (2'-4' high) and these Tithonia are about 6', yes, 6 feet high. They sort of took over the garden! I had to brace the plants up after a hard rain storm because they took a beating, but that didn't top them! They are abundant and gorgeous, but beware of where you plant them! Put them in the back and give them plenty of room! Yes, the butterflies and bees love them.
Date published: 2014-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dazzling Sunflower Great sunflower with pretty orange daisy like blooms on 2-3 feet tall plants. I highly recommend this for Midwest gardeners
Date published: 2014-02-15
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