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Jan 6, 2020 6:01 PM CST
Thread OP
Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
Tithonia diversifolia

Tithonia diversifolia "is a species of flowering plant in the family Asteraceae that is commonly known as the tree marigold,[2] Mexican tournesol, Mexican sunflower, Japanese sunflower or Nitobe chrysanthemum. It is native to Mexico and Central America..." -Wiki

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Jan 6, 2020 6:07 PM CST
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In the gloom of gray winter in the Midwest, this is a ray of sunshine. The supplemental information is also a bonus. Great banner. ๐ŸŒผ ๐ŸŒผ ๐ŸŒผ ๐ŸŒผ ๐ŸŒผ
Jan 6, 2020 6:55 PM CST
Name: Casey
North Carolina (Zone 7b)
Wow! Thank you Cal for sharing your yellow Tithonia! I have always planted the orange ones and actually thought about ordering yellow this year. Thank you for the nudge. Big Grin

(Ray of sunshine is a perfect description Fleur. I tip my hat to you. )
Jan 6, 2020 7:53 PM CST
Name: Leon
Indiana (Zone 5a)
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Sure makes my day much brighter. Very nice Cal! Thumbs up
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Jan 6, 2020 9:12 PM CST
Thread OP
Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
Thank you all for your nice comments, acorns & thumbs. Smiling

This is one of The best plants ever, though hard to find here.

We had seen one plant just off the road in Rancho Santa Fe,
and around the golf course there, but didn't know what it was.

Years later, luckily we saw one for sale at a tropical was just a thin
single-stalk bean-pole 2 gallon plant for $15, which I thought was exorbitant, but got it anyway. Rolling my eyes.
Glad I did. Thumbs up

It liked our soil & took off, reaching at least 12ft. I rooted 2 cuttings.
After the wildfires in 2007, we had to cut down 10 pine trees around the home. It left the side of the house "bare" looking. I planted the 2 rooted SFs, and in one year, they grew 8 ft, and provided a nice privacy screen.

Since then, they have produced many volunteers from seed. It isn't fussy about soil.
Just plain dirt, well drained if possible. Fairly drought tolerant.
We just cut them back in winter to 3-4 ft. It was still blooming when we cut it back last month.
The base of the mature plants are ~1 ft in diameter.

The only pests are mealy bugs & ants, though easy to treat, and don't seem
to slow them down.

Here is a slideshow of the Mexican Sunflower, starting with the view from
our guest bedroom on the 2nd floor. Most of the images were taken from there.
Hope you enjoy. Smiling

Looks like rooted cuttings are available on Etsy ....4 cuttings for $16.
Learn and/or create something every day.

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Jan 6, 2020 10:10 PM CST
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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Excellent banner Cal!
As Yogi Berra said, โ€œIt's tough to make predictions, especially about the future.โ€
Jan 6, 2020 10:22 PM CST
Name: Marilyn
Kentucky (Zone 6a)
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Wonderful and beautiful banner Cal.
Welcome to the Agastache and Salvias Forum!

Hummingbirds are beautiful flying jewels in the garden!

Jan 7, 2020 5:09 AM CST
Name: Jim
Northeast Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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Warms my chilly bones, Cal.
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Jan 7, 2020 7:01 AM CST
Name: Stan
Florida Panhandle (Defuniak Sp (Zone 8b)
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Thumbs up Thumbs up Cal!
(Georgia Native in Florida)
Jan 7, 2020 11:46 AM CST
Thread OP
Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
MoonShadows said:Warms my chilly bones, Cal.

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Jan 7, 2020 2:12 PM CST
Name: Frenchy
Falls Church, VA (Zone 7b)
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Love your banner, Cal! Also the slide show is wonderful. Hurray!
Jan 7, 2020 4:02 PM CST
Thread OP
Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
One last pic from upstairs taken 11/17/19 before everything was
trimmed back for spring.
David Austin roses in the lower left & far right, the tithonia top middle,
pomegranate in the center, hypoestes aristata lower right
(another awesome plant).
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Many thanks my friends for all your encouragements. Smiling
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