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Tithonia rotundiflora/Mexican Sunflower

Tithonia rotundiflora / Tithonia rotundiflora
Bright orange, zinnia-like flower and foliage
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Bright orange, zinnia-like flower and foliage

Flowers with a butterfly searching for nectar and foliage on this annual.

Close-up of flower

Plant need plenty of sun to produce brilliant oragne flowers

Monarch butterfly feeding on flower nectar

Close-up of Monarch butterfly feeding on tithonia nectar

Plant with multiple blossoms

A plant that likes full sunlight and hot growing conditions

Blooms best in hot days of late spring through fall

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Scientific Name: Tithonia rotundiflora
Common Name: Mexican Sunflower
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 6, 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: 5-8 feet
Spread: 5 - 10 feet
Bloom time: Summer, Fall
Flower color: Orange, Red
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Plants for Xeriscapes
Plants That Attract Butterflies
Comments: Red-orange flowers are the main feature of this vine. The foliage and stems are covered with a fuzz. This is a self-seeder. Provide a fertile, well drained soil for best performance. Butterflies are attracted to the flowers.