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Mexican Sunflower Seeds

Tithonia rotundifolia

5.00 (3 reviews)
  • HOW TO GROW
  • FAST FACTS
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HOW TO GROW

Sowing: Direct sow in spring, pressing into the surface of the soil. Keep the soil lightly moist until germination, which usually occurs within 1-2 weeks. This plant can also be started indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost of spring.

Growing: Water seedlings occasionally until they become established; since they need good drainage, mature plants grow well in drought and poor soil. Soil that is too rich and moist will have a negative effect. If planted in a windy location, staking or support may be necessary. Deadhead to prolong the blooming season. This plant will self-seed occasionally in good growing conditions. It attracts hummingbirds and butterflies.

Harvesting: For cut flowers, choose stems with flowers that have just opened. Strip the foliage that will fall below the water level, and place in water immediately.

Seed Saving: After the flowers fade, spiky seed heads will develop; gloves may be necessary when handling them. Allow them to begin to dry and turn color. They should be gathered before they begin to crumble and drop their seed. Cut the seed heads and spread them out to dry away from direct sunlight. Separate the seed from the husks, and store the cleaned seed in a cool, dry place.

FAST FACTS

Common Names: Red Sunflower

Latin Name: Tithonia rotundifolia

Species Origin: Introduced US Flower

Type: Garden Flowers

Life Cycle: Annual

USDA Zones: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

US Regions: California, Mountain, Arid/Desert, Plains/Texas, Midwest, Northern, Northeast, Southeast

Seeds per Ounce: 2,800

Stratification: No Stratification

Germination Ease: No Stratification

Height: 60 Inches

Uses: Cut Flowers

5.00
Global Rating: 5.00 from 3 reviews
Mexican Sunflower Seeds 5.0

Review By CountyLineOhio

Beautiful

Sown second week in May, first flower emerged late July- During the weeks without rain they held up without being watered albeit the loss of some lower leaves- Even being grown in poor soil some have reached about 5' and the rest about 4' or smaller- Despite varied heights all have buds or blooms- I planted them with cosmos Purity, the vivid orange and pure white creates a striking contrast- They do attract butterflies .. It's the first time I've seen a Monarch in years ..

Mexican Sunflower Seeds 5.0

Review By Lazy buttefly gardener

Followup to previous review with funny story

I came to this site to order another pound of mexican sunflower seeds. They have been a big hit wherever they have been planted. The buttefly scientist I work with is a doctoral student at FIU doing his thesis on planting butterfly gardens in schools and measuring the impact on the kids. I bought these seeds the first time on a whim because some northern based bloggers had mentioned them. We are in Miami.
Yesterday the butterfly scientist was here. I had given him a zip lock bag with a lot of mexican sunflower seeds out of my 1 pound package from Everwilde. He had them in his backpack to give out like Johnny Appleseed ,and forgot to remove them before flying abroad. When he returned, U S Customs discovered them and confiscated them. He told me he was so upset he had quite a todo with them about the good seeds, but to no avail. Here I am ordering him his own pound of seeds. Mine have been doing well. I scattered more in my yard. They need staking.

Mexican Sunflower Seeds 5.0

Review By lazy butterfly gardener

Good for a lazy butterfly gardener

I dont know nothin about sunflowers except I was a little reluctant to try them. I bought a pack from Everwilde and scattered a few here and there in sunny parts of my butterfly garden to see what would happen. I am too lazy to plant seeds properly. My butterfly garden is covered with peat moss and pine bark and I just scattered a few, not knowing what would happen. Two of them have come up and begun flowering and they are not only dramatic in appearance, but are attracting butterflies. Another plant is coming up that might be the same. Today the butterfly specialist visited my garden and was so impressed by the look of the mexican sunflowers that he is planning to feature them in the butterfly gardens we are helping construct at schools, hoping the principals who dont like anything will be impressed. These are a great addition to a butterfly garden that has butterflies. You still need host plants for caterpillars.

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As the name suggests, this bright sunflower originally comes from Mexico. Gardeners appreciate this plant for its ability to attract flocks of butterflies. In South Africa, its hardy growth has spread to the wild and made it a common wildflower. The genus name “Tithonia” comes Greek mythology and refers to Tithonius, the beloved of Aurora, the goddess of the dawn.


HOW TO GROW

Sowing: Direct sow in spring, pressing into the surface of the soil. Keep the soil lightly moist until germination, which usually occurs within 1-2 weeks. This plant can also be started indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost of spring.

Growing: Water seedlings occasionally until they become established; since they need good drainage, mature plants grow well in drought and poor soil. Soil that is too rich and moist will have a negative effect. If planted in a windy location, staking or support may be necessary. Deadhead to prolong the blooming season. This plant will self-seed occasionally in good growing conditions. It attracts hummingbirds and butterflies.

Harvesting: For cut flowers, choose stems with flowers that have just opened. Strip the foliage that will fall below the water level, and place in water immediately.

Seed Saving: After the flowers fade, spiky seed heads will develop; gloves may be necessary when handling them. Allow them to begin to dry and turn color. They should be gathered before they begin to crumble and drop their seed. Cut the seed heads and spread them out to dry away from direct sunlight. Separate the seed from the husks, and store the cleaned seed in a cool, dry place.

FAST FACTS

Common Names: Red Sunflower

Latin Name: Tithonia rotundifolia

Species Origin: Introduced US Flower

Type: Garden Flowers

Life Cycle: Annual

USDA Zones: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

US Regions: California, Mountain, Arid/Desert, Plains/Texas, Midwest, Northern, Northeast, Southeast

Seeds per Ounce: 2,800

Stratification: No Stratification

Germination Ease: No Stratification

Height: 60 Inches

Uses: Cut Flowers

Reviews

5.00
Global Rating: 5.00 from 3 reviews
Mexican Sunflower Seeds 5.0

Review By CountyLineOhio

Beautiful

Sown second week in May, first flower emerged late July- During the weeks without rain they held up without being watered albeit the loss of some lower leaves- Even being grown in poor soil some have reached about 5' and the rest about 4' or smaller- Despite varied heights all have buds or blooms- I planted them with cosmos Purity, the vivid orange and pure white creates a striking contrast- They do attract butterflies .. It's the first time I've seen a Monarch in years ..

Mexican Sunflower Seeds 5.0

Review By Lazy buttefly gardener

Followup to previous review with funny story

I came to this site to order another pound of mexican sunflower seeds. They have been a big hit wherever they have been planted. The buttefly scientist I work with is a doctoral student at FIU doing his thesis on planting butterfly gardens in schools and measuring the impact on the kids. I bought these seeds the first time on a whim because some northern based bloggers had mentioned them. We are in Miami.
Yesterday the butterfly scientist was here. I had given him a zip lock bag with a lot of mexican sunflower seeds out of my 1 pound package from Everwilde. He had them in his backpack to give out like Johnny Appleseed ,and forgot to remove them before flying abroad. When he returned, U S Customs discovered them and confiscated them. He told me he was so upset he had quite a todo with them about the good seeds, but to no avail. Here I am ordering him his own pound of seeds. Mine have been doing well. I scattered more in my yard. They need staking.

Mexican Sunflower Seeds 5.0

Review By lazy butterfly gardener

Good for a lazy butterfly gardener

I dont know nothin about sunflowers except I was a little reluctant to try them. I bought a pack from Everwilde and scattered a few here and there in sunny parts of my butterfly garden to see what would happen. I am too lazy to plant seeds properly. My butterfly garden is covered with peat moss and pine bark and I just scattered a few, not knowing what would happen. Two of them have come up and begun flowering and they are not only dramatic in appearance, but are attracting butterflies. Another plant is coming up that might be the same. Today the butterfly specialist visited my garden and was so impressed by the look of the mexican sunflowers that he is planning to feature them in the butterfly gardens we are helping construct at schools, hoping the principals who dont like anything will be impressed. These are a great addition to a butterfly garden that has butterflies. You still need host plants for caterpillars.

Add your review of this product