Torch Mexican Sunflower Seeds

Organic, Heirloom

4.4615384615385 out of 5 stars
(13 reviews)
Availability: In Stock
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. Sunflowers are edible, with a bittersweet flavor. The petals add a pretty pop of color ion salads and desserts. The young, sunflower buds are edible, with a flavor similar to artichoke hearts. They can be grilled, marinated, or sauteed for an unusual appetizer or side dish.
$2.49 500 mg (~40 seeds)

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

13 reviews

My New Favorite

5 out of 5 stars Jan 9, 2021
Mexican sunflowers are the easiest to grow. They bloom all summer, up to first frost. The bees, butterflies and hummers love them. I have had to support a few with a tall stick but generally they have very strong stalks loaded with vibrant orange flowers. An incredible maintenance-free flower to brighten your garden. I have planted them two years in a row and I had one plant reseed the second year (bonus).
Barbara P from GA

What a find!

5 out of 5 stars Jul 18, 2021
This is my first year planting Torch but they are easy to grow and really DO attract Monarch butterflies. I am pleased to see them linger on this plant where you can really see the wing design. Will definitely plant again, the bright orange color is very cheerful. Planted red/yellow gaillardia in front of them and it's a great combination.
Diana from CA

A Must Grow!!!

5 out of 5 stars Sep 22, 2021
These plants blew me away! The plants were so healthy and beautiful. The pollinators were all over it, all season. I kept one in a pot outside with a window view and watched so many monarchs and hummingbirds come to visit it. The flowers are an intensely stunning orange. The foliage and stems are like velvet. Great vase life too, although a bit fragile. I will always grow tithonia Mexican Sunflower!!!
Abbey from VT

Beautiful blooms

5 out of 5 stars Sep 27, 2021
This is an amazingly prolific (in number of flowers) sunflower. It branches and grows like a weed. Do NOT cramp its style! Give it space and you'll have a bush, almost a tree of flowers with butterflies, bees and dragonflies all over it. The flowers are a gorgeous vivid orange with golden yellow centers. The leaves and stems are velvety. Cutting back and deadheading increases and encourages growth. A winner!
Noelle from SC

Not Happy

1 out of 5 stars Oct 12, 2021
None of the seeds germinated
Ronnie Bowen from SC
Owner Response: We are sorry you had difficulty germinating these seeds. A customer service agent will contact you by email to help. Rest assured, our seeds are tested by a third-party laboratory to ensure germination rates meet federal and our own standards. We are always happy to help troubleshoot issues you so can get that same, great germination.


5 out of 5 stars Nov 13, 2021
Absolutely spectacular tithonia that had massive trunks, grew 6 feet tall, and had many, many branches with bright orange flowers - just spectacular!
Jennifer from OR


5 out of 5 stars Nov 30, 2021
I planted one at the back of my garden and it never bloomed, until it was knocked over in a storm. That plant fell over but didn't break and today, November 30, it is 10' tall and at least that wide! I've never seen anything like it. The 'stem' is 6" in diameter. Plant these if you want all the butterflies, bees and hummingbirds. It's absolutely stunning!
Betsy from TX

Mexican Sunflowers

5 out of 5 stars Jan 12, 2022
These are amazing!! Beautiful blooms all summer and the butterflies and bees love them.
Cheryl from CA

Mexican Sunflowers

5 out of 5 stars Feb 6, 2022
A strikingly beautiful plant. It grew well over the estimated height. Simply fabulous flowers.
Rose from MI

Wow... just.. wow ! Exceeded expectations !

5 out of 5 stars Feb 13, 2022
Experimented in three backyard areas. Large Planter on Deck part-sun, in Pollinator Garden more-sun, and remainder in Butterfly Garden full-sun. Handsomely rewarded in all three areas. Unfortunately, I let them top out over 8-feet. Top heavy. Quickly figured out how to Stake for support. Exactly 90-days Seed to Flower. Bloomed 120-days straight til Frost. We are Zone 7B. Bees, Butterflies, Hummingbirds, and Monarchs. Different party every day. Counting down days until able to do this again !!
Brad from NC

No flowers

2 out of 5 stars Apr 22, 2022
Not a single seed germinated. Planted half of the package. Nothing came up. Waited a month and planted the second half of the container and still no flowers. I was looking forward to seeing them.
Yvette from AZ
Owner Response: Hi Yvette, We are sorry you had difficulty germinating these seeds. A customer service agent will be contacting you by email to help. It is important not to bury the seeds as light aids germination. It is a bit more challenging to keep surface-sown seeds consistently moist and often requires watering several times a day. rest assured, our seeds are tested frequently by a third-party laboratory to ensure germination rates meet federal and our own standards.

Mexican Sunflower

5 out of 5 stars Sep 13, 2022
This was my first time planting them. The germination was great. I was very well pleased with them. The butterflies and hummingbird just love them. My plan is to plant them again.
Veleria from NC


5 out of 5 stars Sep 22, 2022
Oh my! These were so awesome! They were super tall and vibrant and the hummingbirds were all over them, not to mention bees and butterflies, too. I will definitely be buying more of these for next year's garden!
Kelly from MO

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