Mexican sunflower is a large annual in the aster family that produces daisy-like flowers from summer until a hard frost. 'Goldfinger' has yellow-orange flowers and is shorter and more compact than the species, at about 3 feet tall. Each flower is about 3 inches across, with a ring of petals surrounding an orange disk. The plants have large, fuzzy three-lobed leaves with broad petioles. It is attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds and, because of its height, should be at the back of the flower border. It is more closely related to marigolds than to sunflowers. These flowers are often used to decorate altars in Mexico on the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).
May - June, July - August, September - October