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Tithonia Mexican Sunflower

The genus Tithonia in the daisy family (Asteraceae) includes 10-15 species of bushy annuals, perennials and shrubs native to Mexico and Central America that have large, brightly colored daisy-like flowers on thick stems. Mexican sunflower, T. diversifolia, is a vigorous, drought tolerant warm season annual that is easy to grow in the ornamental garden with other common names of red sunflower of just tithonia.

Tithonia plants grow 4-6+ feet tall, with a large central stalk and a somewhat gangling branching habit. If you prune them they grow into denser “bushes” In Hawaiʻi these plants grow excellent as attractive privacy barriers.