Tithonia rotundifolia ‘Torch’

Luxurious, orange flowers with petals of plush velvet for autumn picking. This remains one of my favourite summer and autumn flowers. More
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Luxurious, orange flowers with petals of plush velvet for autumn picking. This remains one of my favourite summer and autumn flowers. Plant and arrange it with black dahlias.

Genus Tithonia rotundiflora
Variety Torch
Type Half-Hardy Annual
Common Name Mexican Sunflower
Border Position Back
Soil Type Acid, Chalky, Neutral, Sandy
Scent Unscented
Site Full Sun
Moisture Well-drained
Height 2.4m (7ft 10in)
Spacing 45cm (18in)
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Sow under cover in mid spring. Plant out after last frosts. Pinch out tips as you plant.
Care Tips May need staking. Dig in plenty of organic matter to the area to which it will be planted.
Flowering July - October
Vase Life 7-10 days. Take care of the hollow flower necks as you pick and arrange, they easily bruise and break.
Harvesting Flower production: 3 months.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest
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Tithonia rotundifolia ‘Torch’ reviews

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Reviewed 8th January 2019 by Sue

One seedling squashed on arrival, never rallied.

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Reviewed 21st November 2018 by Katherine

Good plants. Still flowering!! (Nov)

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Reviewed 21st November 2018 by Fiona

good compact seedlings and roots

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Reviewed 7th November 2018 by Janice

Nice strong plants which did quite well . My only criticism is that whilst the flowers were lovely the leaves got messy.

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Reviewed 7th November 2018 by Maggie

They have been fantastic. They arrived in excellent condition and grew on very well - wonderful show of strong plants and colour admired by many.

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Reviewed 31st October 2018 by Jane

the most amazing plants and I will be growing more next year. they are still flowering now end of October. Stunning display.....

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Reviewed 31st October 2018 by Jill

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Reviewed 11th October 2018 by April

These didn't look like much when they arrived and I may have planted them out too soon but they've come through and are still going in October! Brilliant and fabulously colourful.

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Reviewed 3rd October 2018 by Mary

These were last to arrive and one of the seedlings was already nearly dead. They seem to have been afflicted with a disease which has meant the edges of the leaves are brown and the surface of the leaves gets brown blotches. I have removed what I can and the flowers have been well worth waiting for, but its a pity the plants seem so unhealthy.

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Reviewed 3rd October 2018 by Gillian

One of the seedlings was dead on arrival, the others struggled a bit but they are still flowering in the garden so they survived

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Reviewed 3rd October 2018 by John

Fantastic plants - long flowering and spectacular show . Will definitely buy such healthy plug plants again next year .

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Reviewed 23rd September 2018 by Sandra

Not as good as last year, some seedlings weren’t that strong and never took off. am thinking it was because of adverse weather in the spring.

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Reviewed 20th September 2018 by David

Couldn't fault the delivery service or the quality of the plants which are still flowering.

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Peter

Phew what an orange,sizzling is a good description ! has flowered for months much to the appreciation of the bumblebees in my garden. Another one for my list for purchase next year.
would recommend buying as seedlings/plug plants as seeds seem to be a bit hit and miss germination wise

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Joanne

These seedlings have flowered non stop all Summer and still doing so, they make a lovely splash of colour at the back of my borders and I grow them every year.

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Reviewed 12th September 2018 by Mary

Planted in June, now covered in vibrant flowers, loved by bees. Excellent customer service.

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Reviewed 12th September 2018 by M Jane Barton

The first batch were dead on arrival. You kindly sent me a new batch but they haven't flowered yet; probably down to the season.

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Reviewed 12th September 2018 by Annette

Plants arrived and they were very healthy which hasn't always been the case.

Tithonia "Torchlight"

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Reviewed 4th September 2018 by Liz Stooke

I usually sow rudbeckia for late summer colour but Monty Don raved about this plant and I love orange so thought would give it a go...BRILLIANT.
Your seed easy to germinate. Fantastic results planted in ground with Oxford blue sweet peas..and in pots as 8ft specimen plants! Thrived in the heat

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Reviewed 2nd September 2018 by Pauline


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Reviewed 21st July 2017 by Kerry Holden

Received these as seedlings (some difficulties as first batch a bit mouldy), but eventually received good quality seedlings and these now flowering and look just stunning, planted with Dahlia karma chocolate and love the colour combination.


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Reviewed 6th March 2016 by janine woolford

These grew from seed very easily and then went on growing and growing! Lovely glowing orange flowers and so many people admired them and were guessing what they were. A brave choice but so well worth it.


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Reviewed 18th September 2014 by simon cook

And the rest. I have one plant that must be closer to 8 feet tall so they have pretty much overwhelmed everything else in a narrow bed. Striking to say the least and the flowers have a certain in-your-face appeal but when they start to dwarf the more traditional sunflowers......... I'm not sure I will use again.

Reply from the Sarah Raven Team:

"Thank you for your comments. This year we had ideal conditions for this plant, as it's common name 'Mexican Sunflower' may suggest, it loved the warm conditions we had earlier in the year, and therefore most people saw larger than normal growth. We've received lots of compliments and photos from our customers who loved the height."

Posted 20th November 2014


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Reviewed 7th August 2014 by Adrienne Obbard

Have grown these from seed for the first time this year and they are really beautiful. They just look perfect!

Wonderful Easy to Grow

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Reviewed 16th June 2014 by Sharee

I am about to order another packet of these seeds and feel compelled to comment on what a marvellous easy to grow plant they are. I don't have a greenhouse but was easily able to grow these on a window sill and then plant them out on my allotment to stunning effect. The plants grew tall and were covered in glowing orange flowers right through until the end of october. The bees absolutely love these flowers as they are loaded full of pollen and I often had to shake off a fat lazy bee when I was picking them. They are a brilliant cut flower having a nice sturdy stem, and last really well, looking particularly good with dark dahlias and sunflowers.