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Mexican Sunflower Seed

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Mexican Sunflower 

Tithonia rotundifolia

1/2 gram (roughly 50 seeds)

Mexican sunflower is a showy, drought tolerant, annual that makes an excellent cut flower.  The bright red-orange flowers measure 2-3 inches across, against velvety dark green leaves.  

Plants are branched, stand 4-6 feet high, and can be used as a deer-resistant screen. Hummingbirds, bees and butterflies (especially monarchs) love it. 

This native of Mexico and Central America loves sun, heat and poor soils, and thrives in zones 2 to 11. It blooms from midsummer to frost.  Removing spent flowers helps to prolong the bloom period. 

Direct sow 1 to 2 weeks after the average last frost or start indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost. Press lightly into the soil surface but do not cover, as seeds require light to germinate.  Sow seeds in groups of 6 every 2 inches and thin to 2 foot spacing when plants are 2-3 inches tall.  Seeds typically take 10-15 days to emerge. 

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