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Mexican Sunflower Seeds - Torch Tithonia rotundifolia

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Packet $3.95
1 Ounce $10.95
1/4 Pound $24.95 43%
1 Pound $56.95 67%
5 Pounds $189.95
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  • Annual; Bright colors and fuzzy, soft stalks!
  • Especially suited for hot and arid regions
  • Prefers full sun exposure

Product Description

Mexican Sunflower Torch Seeds -Tithonia rotundifolia

Although not a true "sunflower" as we know them, to their native Central America this is a common and popular "sunny" wildflower and a great choice for warm and arid regions! Plant in full sun, with well draining soil and this lively bloom will make itself right at home!

  • Fast Facts

    Name:Mexican Sunflower Seeds - Torch
    Botanical Name:Tithonia rotundifolia
    Life Cycle:Annual
    Light Requirement:Full Sun
    Planting Season:Spring
    Plant Type:Tall green stalks with 3 inch orange petals and orange center.
    Features:Heirloom, Cut Flower Garden, Easy to Grow & Maintain, Edible, Attracts Pollinators, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant
    Blooms:Late Summer, Early Fall
    Plant Height:Up to 72 inches
    Plant Spacing:12-18 inches
    Planting Depth:1/2 inch
    Sowing Method:Direct Sow
    Cold Stratification:No
    Seeds per Packet:2 g
    Hardiness Zones:5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
    Ships:Year Round
  • Planting Instructions

    How to Plant Mexican Torch Sunflowers

    When to Plant Sunflower Seeds

    It is recommended to sow your sunflower seeds directly into your garden rather than start them in starter pots. Sunflowers send down long taproots that can be stunted in small pots. Once all danger of frost has passed and both daytime and nighttime temperatures reach 55F to 60F you are ready to sow your sunflower seeds.

    Where to Plant Sunflower Seeds

    Sunflowers grow best in full-sun locations – receiving at least 6 to 8 hours of full sun exposure per day. Though sunflowers are not finicky, they do appreciate loose, well-draining soil. Choose a location that is sheltered from strong winds, perhaps along a fence or near a building. Also consider the height that the particular variety will reach.

    How to Plant Sunflower Seeds

    Once you have chosen your location, dig down to a depth of 2 inches and turn the soil over to loosen it. Many seeds, like poppies, need sun to germinate. This is not the case with sunflowers and in fact need to be pressed 1 inch deep into the soil. If left on the soil surface, more than likely birds will come and eat them before they ever get anywhere close to germination. Final spacing should be 36” apart for giant sunflowers, 24’ apart for regular-sized and 12” apart for miniature varieties.

    How to Care for Sunflowers

    Sunflowers are usually problem-free. Plant early enough so that autumn frosts do not cut your sunflowers’ life cycle short. Too much rainfall before and after germination can cause the seeds to rot or bring on downy mildew. Be sure to seed after the rainy season to avoid this.

    If you would like to harvest the seeds to either replant next year, wait until the end of the bloom cycle. Sunflowers blooms often last 30-45 days. Toward the end of this period, the green back of the flower head will begin to turn yellow and will usually droop at this time. You will also see the seeds swelling on the face of the sunflower. Cover the flowers with paper bags to protect them from birds. Cut off the flower heads and leave inside the brown paper bag. Store this bag in a well-ventilated place like a garage until fully dry. Rub along the seeds with the palm of your hand and the seeds should fall right out into your bag, or work over a cookie sheet. Store seeds in a cool, dry environment until you are ready to reseed next year.

    To eat: Soak overnight in water, or salt water. Drain, spread on a shallow baking sheet, and roast for 3 hours at 200F or until crisp.

    Download Printable Planting Guide

  • Seed Coverage

    Amount Recommended Coverage
    Packet Up to 10 Sq. Ft
    Ounce Package Up to 30 Sq. Ft
    1/4 Pound Package Up to 125 Sq. Ft
    1 Pound Sack Up to 500 Sq. Ft
    5 Pound Sack Up to 2,500 Sq. Ft

Product Reviews

Global Rating: 5.00 from 7 reviews

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Great for a black thumb!

I have had little luck with most flowers, with this exception. Mine have grown as high as nine feet, and are always full of pollinators. Oh, do stake them...winds can bring them down.


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This was our first to grow the Mexican Sunflower, and what a wonderful surprise. grow about 5-6 feet tall, HUMMERS and butterfly all day long and no fighting. Started in August and now early Oct. and still there. We will save the seeds and plant more next year. A plant will be a surprise for everyone.


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Our daughter loved all the butterflies!

I planted a generous row of these seeds along the back of my raised beds (~10ft total) hoping a few would germinate- but all of them did! Grew to over 5' with heaps of blooms all season long. Tons of butterflies and other pollinators constantly visited, and the neighboring veggie beds looked great as a result.


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Mexican Sunflowers

I love these plants. They attract many butterflies. They look great around the yard.


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Mexican Sunfliwer Torch

Love these!! They're so beautiful. I don't know who's been enjoying them more me or the butterflies and hummingbirds! The color is striking and the foilage is gorgeous as well!


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Mexican Sunflower Seeds

The seeds germinated and grew very well. These are large plants that make a great statement in the garden, and by far the most favorite flower to attract butterflies. The blooms last a long time and their Cole is a striking deep orange that contrasts beautifully with the leaves. I have planted them every year in the past six years. Love them!


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Magnets for Monarchs and hummingbirds!

We loved these...never had so many Monarchs and Humming Birds before. Plant them near your deck and wait for the show. So exciting! We did have to tie them up, but small price to pay for such a show!

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