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botanical name:
Tithonia rotundifolia 'Torch'
Tithonia rotundifolia 'Torch' © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Mexican Sunflower
family:  Asteraceae
characteristics: annual/biennial
height: 1.20m
width: 0.30m
growth rate: fast
growth habit: bushy
leaf colour: green
flower colour: orange
main season: Summer
aspect: full sun
conditions: moist soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: 0°C
USDA zone: 10 to 10
Robust, compact, half-hardy annual with tall branching stems and large, triangular, occasionally lobed, toothed leaves, hairy underneath. Velvety rich red-orange flowers from late summer to autumn.

Well drained, moderately fertile soil in full sun. Dislikes cool conditions. Established plants are reasonably drought tolerant.
Allow plenty of space for plants to develop.

From seed, sown directly in frost-free conditions or earlier under glass and transplanted after all risk of frost.

Annual borders. Excellent cut flower.
Attractive to insects.

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