(Tithonia rotundifolia) Bright orange, 3 1/2” wide flowers on vigorous 60-72” tall, branching plants with gorgeous, velvety green foliage. Masses of blooms nonstop from mid-summer to frost, attracting butterflies, bees, hummingbirds, and beneficial insects, such as hover flies and pirate bugs. Beautiful cut flower; also known as clavel de muerto. Does well even in hot, dry sites. A garden knockout!
Direct seeding is recommended after last frost when soil temp. is 70-85˚F. Just barely cover seeds; light is required for germiantion. For transplants, sow 6 weeks before last frost. Full sun (preferred) to half sun. Poor to average, well drained soils; high fertility causes few blooms. Deadhead for longer bloom. Moderate moisture.