The Mexican Sunflower is a tropical relative of the sunflower that has bright red or orange flowers on long stalks and lobed, rich green leaves. It is native to Mexico and Central America. It is a perennial in tropical and subtropical regions and it is grown an annual in temperate regions. The incredible 3 - 4 inch red flowers are excellent for cutting. They also are butterfly magnets, particularly the Monarch butterfly. It can be easily grown from seeds. Place the Mexican Sunflower plant behind beds or borders where their coarse texture and vivid flowers will stand above less boisterous plantings. The Mexican Sunflower does well in hot sunny settings and will benefit from deadheading the spent blooms.
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.
- 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.
- Put the seeds on the soil.
- Cover the seeds with a thin layer of soil.
- Water the seeds.
- Place the pots in an area with warm temperatures in full sun or part shade.
- When the seedlings are a few inches tall, they can be transplanted.