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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
Tithonia, Sundance is rated 4.666666666666667 out of 5 by 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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Look at Me!!! I have a one acre flower garden in the front of my home that contains only perennials. I wanted to get some mix in the garden and picked up some annuals to randomly seed plant as an experiment. With the vast amount of garden, I have noted the comments from people about this plants flower. I direct seeded in April with full sun and it was a slow start. Then they took off and grew to about three feet. After three feet they still did not bloom for two weeks. It is the last week of July and they are blooming. It was worth the wait. I did plant some in a slightly shaded area, and they are only two feet with no blooms yet, but I am confident they will. They are next to my entry and if they do it will be spectacular to have these there. As for the taller ones, they stand prominent, proud, and somewhat snobbishly saying, “look at me”. They are similar to a sunflower but have a slightly more delicate look with a different leaf pattern and the stalk is not as thick. Making plans for a larger area for next season. .
Date published: 2013-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rock star flower Not for the faint of taste, this plant is big and bold and delivers late summer to early fall color above your other flowers and looks great in the setting sun. Have used at multiple residences with equally good outcome. One year the seeds did not germinate but not a problem other years
Date published: 2012-04-16
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