June 21, 2011

Immortal Tithonia

One of my favorite reseeding annuals is Tithonia. The velvety stems and bright orange blooms make it a favorite and butterflies love it.

Tithonia is named for Tithonus, a legendary Trojan loved by Aurora, goddess of the Dawn, who turned him into a cicada when he continued to age after she asked  that he be made immortal but forgot to ask for eternal youth.

Tithonia rotundifolia with Mexican Hats Ratibida columnifera
and foliage of Duranta repens not yet in bloom.
On the other side of the bed is Lantana montevidensis.
Tithonia plants were left on this side of the bed last winter to compost in place.

The woods decay, the woods decay and fall,
The vapours weep their burthen to the ground,
Man comes and tills the field and lies beneath...
Tithonus by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Flowers and text are from the garden of Nell Jean blogged on Dotty Plants Journal in hot, humid Southwest Georgia.


Heather said...

Oh I do love orange in the garden. It's such a happy colour, isn't it? And it goes so well with the greens.. thanks for posting!

Tom - 7th Street Cottage said...

I've found one reseed tithonia this year. I believe it gets a tad too cool for them here.

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