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Mexican sunflower

Tithonia rotundifolia selections

Mexican sunflower

Attract butterflies and have fun doing it with big, bold, beautiful Mexican sunflower. Plant it from seed directly in the ground and watch it soar. It can hit up to 5 feet in just weeks with big, lush foliage and smaller but still showy flowers in sunset colors that butterflies love.

Put a cluster of these bodacious beauties in the back of the border to give it height and drama. Many of the taller types need staking to keep them upright. Plant them outdoors after all danger of frost has passed in a sunny spot with well-drained soil.

Plant Type:
Plant Height:
2-8 feet tall, depending on type
Plant Width:
2-6 feet wide, depending on type
Landscape Uses:
Containers,Beds & Borders,Privacy
Special Features:
Flowers,Cut Flowers,Attracts Butterflies,Deer Resistant,Easy to Grow
Plant It With

Create a tropical air by pairing cannas with Mexican sunflower.

Castor Bean

Plant castor bean and Mexican sunflower together along the fence, and your neighbors will be stunned by the growth these two accomplish in a single growing season. Castor bean's burgundy foliage creates a bold backdrop for Mexican sunflower's fiery orange blooms.


Nasturtium will tumble happily at Mexican sunflower's feet, and rambling varieties may even twin themselves up into Mexican sunflower's foliage.