Sunflowers

Tithonia rotundifolia 'Torch' 09

One of my neighbors has this plant growing in their yard and I couldn’t believe its called  Mexican Sunflower. We always think of the giant yellow flower with the delicious seeds, but this one really amazed me. So many butterflies were enjoying the flowers as I enjoyed the unusual orange color.

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These beauties wait until almost the end of summer to make their entrance into our gardens. They are so tall! I love that the sun calls them to reach up high and grand for all to see.  Many of us here at the shore plant them as staples in a cut bouquet, or simply for their beauty and towering height. The butterflies couldn’t be happier.

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