Sunflower Seeds - Mexican Red Torch
- 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.