Tithonia rotundifolia

Tithonia rotundifolia

Mexican sunflower

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Key Information

  • Botanical name: Tithonia rotundifolia
  • Common name: Mexican sunflower
  • Plant type: Annual

Height: 1.8m

Spread: 30cm

Flower colour:
  • Orange
Foliage colour:
  • Green
  • Features: Attractive to wildlife, Flowers

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Though not as commonly grown as some summer bedding plants such as petunias or marigolds, the Mexican sunflower, Tithonia rotundifolia, is a useful plant for adding height to displays, standing up to 1.8m tall. The bright orange flowers appear from late summer to early autumn and last well when cut for the vase.

Sow Tithonia rotundifolia seed in mid- to late spring. Wait until all danger of frosts has passed before planting out in a sunny, well-drained spot in the garden. Protect young plants from slugs and snails.

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Aspect: South facing, West facing
  • Position in border: Middle
  • Hardiness: Half hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

  • Wildlife features: Nectar/pollen rich flowers

Care routine

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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

  • Effects: No toxic effects reported for this plant.

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