Torch Mexican Sunflower Seeds

Organic, Heirloom

A genuine heat lover, Mexican sunflower sets the dog days of summer ablaze with sizzling 3" orange flowers. A large, multi-branching and imposing plant for the back of the border, it tolerates infertile soil, drought, and neglect. Lovely mixed with purple grass, and absolutely stunning next to purple flowers.
  • Conventional Heirloom #1118 - 500 mg
  • $1.89
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  • Organic Heirloom #2049 - 500 mg
  • $1.99
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Botanical Name: Tithonia rotundifolia

Family: Asteraceae

Native: Mexico and Central America

Hardiness: Annual

Plant Dimensions: 4'–6' tall

Variety Information: 3" wide, fiery orange, daisy-like flowers with golden centers.

Exposure: Full sun

Bloom Period: Summer to frost

Attributes: Attracts Hummingbirds, Attracts Pollinators, Cut Flower, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Heat Tolerant

When to Sow Outside: 1 to 2 weeks after your average last frost date.

When to Start Inside: RECOMMENDED. 6 to 8 weeks before your average last frost date.

Days to Emerge: 10–15 days

Seed Depth: Press into surface

Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 24"

Thinning: When 2"–3" tall, thin to 1 every 24"

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Torch Mexican Sunflower Seeds Reviews

9 reviews
Pollinators can't get enough
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I absolutely adore this easy to grow flower. It does well in the heat and flowers profusely. It is always covered by bees, butterflies, and even hummingbirds! It continues to self sow season after season and never fails to bloom quickly. This should be included in any garden where you want to attract pollinators.
Tara P

Gorgeous Flower
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Plant the Mexican Torch Sunflower Seeds. They were one of the most gorgeous flowers that I have grown. They bloomed for a while and we're over five feet tall. I will definitely grow these again
Pamela Barr

Sandra R.
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Not an overly impressive bloom (3"), but they stood up to the winds of hurricane Florence in coastal NC. During the lulls of the storm, the tithonia was there for the hummingbirds. They grew 4' in my raised beds. Will definitely grow quite a few next year.
Sandra Rumley

Wonderful
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These flowers are very beautiful. Loads of blooms and flowers. Attracts many butterflies and birds.
Michelle R Gooch

Incredible Beyond my Expectations.
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I planted these to attract butterflies and other pollinators, and they ended up being way more beautiful and impressive than I imagined. They are very prolific and just keep sending up new flower heads. The color on these is just incredible. They are a very bright vibrant orange with bright yellow centers. I wish I had planted more than I did. I will definitely plant these again next spring. I planted several varieties of flowers this season, and these are by far the best.
Eric

So many butterflies
Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Aug 28, 2019
There is a constant dance of Monarchs and Giant Swallowtails on my Tithonia plantings. All my neighbors have thanked me for the pure delight of watching the show. I will NEVER have a summer garden without Tithonia Must have for any butterfly garden.
Virginia Luppino

BEST nectar flower of butterflies
Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Aug 31, 2019
This is my 2nd year growing the Torch Mexican Sunflowers and all I can say is, please don't ever stop selling these seeds. My yard is both a Monarch Way Station as well as a Certified Wildlife Habitat location. The tithonia torch is by far the "go to" favorite flower for a variety of butterflies ... especially the monarch and swallowtail butterflies. I grew planted six different stalks this year and there is at least 20-30 different butterflies in my yard at one time, all throughout the blooming season. Because of the high rate of daily nectaring, I try to remove the dead flowers several times a week which only encourages more blooms to emerge. I cannot recommend this flower enough for any monarch and/or swallowtail butterfly lover.
Susan Smith

Turned out GREAT!
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It's been a lazy summer, and NOTHING has gotten planted. We started the tithonia seeds in flats, but since we didn't get around to planting them in a plot, my husband popped them into a couple of buckets. They are 6 feet tall, and covered with blossoms. We've had tons of hummingbirds, a few monarchs and other butterflies. It's been a lot of FUN!
Maggie Grayson

Towers of color
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These are lovely and constant bloomers. Next year I will plant them a bit closer (than 18-24 inches apart) to see what that looks like. They are 4-5 feet tall in my garden.
Blair Conger

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