Photo of the Day: Mexican Sunflower (Tithonia)

By Published On: October 21st, 20190.5 min readCategories: Photos

Many years ago a local grower friend of mine gave me a few “Mexican Sunflower” (Tithonia) seeds. Little did I know that this particular variety is also known as the “tree sunflower” and, unlike true sunflowers, is a perennial down here in zone 9. It blooms continuously from March to November and over the years has spread into alarge showy plant about 15-20 feet (5-6 meters) high and equally wide.

Best part is it requires almost no maintenance. Each winter I whack it back to the ground and each spring it comes right back. I don’t even water it.

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Sage Osterfeld
I’m just a guy with nearly an acre of dirt, a nice little mid-century ranch house and a near-perfect climate. But in my mind I’m a landscaper survivalist craftsman chef naturalist with a barbeque the size of a VW and my own cable TV show. I like to write about the stuff I build, grow and see here at Sage's Acre.


  1. […] Mexican Sunflower (Tithonia diversifolia) had grown tall and leggy in the shade of the trees in the upper yard over […]

    • Denise April 7, 2023 at 7:07 am - Reply

      Can I purchase 1 of these??

  2. Ann April 9, 2023 at 12:10 pm - Reply

    How can I get one

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