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.
Sow in average soil in full sun after danger of frost. Sow seeds about 6" apart and cover with 1/4" of fine soil. Firm lightly and keep evenly moist.
How to Grow
Seedlings emerge in 14-21 days. Thin to stand 18" apart when seedlings are 1-2" tall. Tithonia is heat and drought-tolerant, but it does appreciate extra water and fertilizer during its most intense growth period in midsummer. Although the plants are generally bushy and sturdy, they may need staking.
Tithonia is useful for dramatic floral hedges or accents. Grow it at the back of the border and in the cutting garden. Children love it!