Answer: Mexican sunflower is a warm season annual with a stout, gangly habit, growing to 5-6 ft tall and 3-4 ft wide. The leaves are coarse, 3-lobed, 4-10 in long and 2-4 in wide. The leaves and stems are covered with a soft downy fuzz. The numerous flower heads are brilliant red-orange, like daisies or zinnias, and about 3 in across. The beautiful cultivar, 'Torch', was named an All America Selection and is the probably the most popular. Dwarf cultivars are also available including 'Goldfinger' and 'Fiesta Del Sol' that grow to about 3 ft in height and perfect for smaller gardens. You might want to use a dwarf cultivar in your flower bed next year.
You can allow the seeds of your plant to spill on the ground and you'll have lots of new Mexican sunflower plants in your garden next year.
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