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Sunflower Seeds - Mexican Red Torch

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  • Seed Count: 30 Seeds
  • Maturity Date: Typically blooms in mid-summer to fall
  • Plant Type: Annual flowering plant
  • Flower Characteristics: Vibrant red-orange flowers, up to 3 inches across
  • Plant Height: Can grow up to 6 feet tall
  • Growth Habit: Upright, bushy growth
  • Ideal Growing Conditions: Full sun, well-drained soil
  • Attracts Pollinators: Popular with butterflies and bees

History and Origin: The Mexican Red Torch Sunflower, Tithonia rotundifolia, is native to Mexico and Central America. It's known for its vibrant red-orange flowers that add a burst of color to any garden. Historically, this plant has been grown for its ornamental beauty and has been a favorite in traditional and modern landscapes alike.

Uses in Gardening and Landscaping: While not edible, the Mexican Red Torch Sunflower is a fantastic choice for adding visual interest to gardens. It's particularly effective in creating a tropical ambiance, and its height makes it suitable for use as a background plant in mixed borders. Additionally, its ability to attract pollinators like butterflies and bees makes it a valuable addition to any garden focused on supporting local ecosystems.

Growing Habits and Planting Instructions: Tithonia rotundifolia thrives in full sun and requires well-drained soil. It's best to sow the seeds directly into the garden after the last frost date. Plant seeds about 1/4 inch deep in the soil, spacing them about 24-36 inches apart to accommodate their bushy growth. These plants are relatively drought-tolerant once established, but they benefit from regular watering during extended dry periods. Pruning is minimal, primarily for aesthetic shaping or to control size.

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