Mexican Sunflower (Tithonia rotundifolia)
Sow in average soil in full sun after danger of frost. Sow seeds about 8" apart and cover with 1" of fine soil. Firm lightly and keep evenly moist. Seedlings emerge in 7-14 days. Thin to stand 18" apart when seedlings are 1" high. Blooms in summer.
Plants are ready to harvest when the heads turn brown and most of the leaves have dropped. Cut the stem one foot from the head and place in a paper bag. Hang upside down in a cool rooms with good ventilation. Seeds fall freely from the head when dry.
Spectacular, fiery orange-red daisy-like flowers are 3.5" across on tall, robust, bushy plants.