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Mexican Sunflower (Tithonia) Information and Photos

August 11, 2011

Red and Orange Mexican SunflowersOne of several plants that really stand out in the late summer garden is Mexican sunflowers.

I planted my Mexican sunflower seeds after our last frost this year. When they started growing, I thought there must have been a mistake. They were getting huge, wide and were without flowers. By now they were over 3 feet tall and still growing. I became concerned because I had acquired the seeds from a seed swap.

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The leaves were starting to look like a sassafras tree on one set of leaves then another set that looked like mittens. I had two sassafras trees in my front yard already and did not want any in a flower bed. :) LOL. Who would want 6 sassafras trees growing in their new flower bed, not me!

Since they were already there, I decided not even trying to pull them out now, that I would wait until fall and get them out then. Meantime I would break them off from their tops to maintain their size. (Good idea huh?)

Just when I was getting used to looking at them in my new garden, all of a sudden they started to bloom. The flowers now are 3 inches across with bright deep orange color surrounding a dense cluster of bright yellow disc florets! Simply stunning! I find I can't take my eyes off of them. They are beautiful and such a pleasant summer surprise! Now they're 5 feet tall and full of blooms. :)

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My hummers and my huge monarch butterflies love them as much as I do too! They are drought and deer resistant. Since we live near the woods and see deer all the time, I'd have to ask, how much better does it get? :)

I will live the rest of my life with Mexican sunflowers in my gardens. I'd be crazy not to and so would you! :)

I live in Zone 7a and mine are planted in my north side yard with eastern exposure. Mine love the sun but also like a break from it too. (don't we all!)

Blooms remain open and attractive for ten days or more, making them an effective cut flower.

Aren't they pretty?

By Jacquelyne Jean J.

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