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Yellow Mexican Sunflower Tree Marigold Tithonia diversifolia 20 Seeds

Yellow Mexican Sunflower Tree Marigold Tithonia diversifolia 20 Seeds

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Tithonia diversifolia, commonly known as the Mexican sunflower or tree marigold, is a fast-growing and large perennial plant native to Mexico and Central America. It belongs to the Asteraceae family. Here are some key features and information about Tithonia diversifolia:

Appearance: The plant is characterized by its tall and bushy growth, reaching heights of 6 to 10 feet (1.8 to 3 meters). The leaves are large, lobed, and heart-shaped, with a rough texture.

Flowers: Tithonia diversifolia produces bright orange to yellow-orange flowers with a sunflower-like appearance. The flowers are attractive to pollinators, such as bees and butterflies.

Ecological Importance: The plant is often cultivated for its ornamental value and as a source of nectar for pollinators. Additionally, it is used in agroforestry systems for its ability to accumulate nutrients and its potential use as a green manure.

Medicinal Uses: In traditional medicine, some cultures use parts of Tithonia diversifolia for various medicinal purposes. However, it's important to note that the plant's medicinal uses should be approached with caution and under proper guidance.

Cultivation: The plant is relatively easy to grow and is tolerant of various soil conditions. It prefers full sun and well-drained soil.

Common Names: Apart from Mexican sunflower and tree marigold, Tithonia diversifolia is known by other common names such as Nitobe chrysanthemum and Bolivian sunflower.


 

Growing Instructions

 

The seeds can be sown on the ground in the spring or summer or they can be grown in pots at any time of the year.

 

  1. The seeds like moist, well-drained soil. Prepare a mixture of half potting soil and half sand, perlite or vermiculite. Put the soil in a pot. Water the mixture so that it is moist but not wet.
  2. Put the seeds on the soil.
  3. Cover the seeds with a thin layer of soil.
  4. Water the seeds.
  5. Place the pots in an area with warm temperatures in full sun or part shade.
  6. When the seedlings are a few inches tall, they can be transplanted.

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