bright orange daisy-like flower called Mexican sunflower
Photo: Derek Ramsey GNU
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Mexican sunflower
Tithonia rotundiflora

These annuals can grow up to 6 feet with 3-inch, bright red-orange blooms. They feature deep green, coarse foliage and multiple stems per plant. Mexican sunflowers can complete two generations in a single summer, attracting butterflies and skippers to your garden in the process. Give this plant some room: a single planting can grow into a 4-foot-wide cluster. USDA Zones 4-10

TOH Tip: Flower stems are hollow and fragile. To prevent accidental bends and breaks when cutting, use an especially sharp tool.
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