Tithonia rotundiflora '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, Sandy, Neutral
Scent Unscented
Site Full Sun
Moisture Well-drained
Height 1.2-2.5m (4-8ft)
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 12-14 weeks from spring sowing
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.
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  • Flowers/Harvest
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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.