Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Bring on the Butterflies

Tithonia rotundifolia, or Mexican sunflower, is one of my favorite annuals for attracting butterflies.

Our local Wildflower Society has many knowledgeable and generous members. Every time they meet, members bring seeds and plants to give away as door prizes. Several years ago, I won some Tithonia seeds, and I have been hooked since.

They germinate and grow easily, which is always a plus for me. I gather and save seed from tithonia every year. The plants in my garden today are descendants of plants from that first packet of seed I won several years ago.

I love them.
The hummingbirds and bees adore them.

The butterflies are apparently devoted to them.

They grow tall as they mature, sometimes too tall for their own good. This lovely row of plants taller than me two weeks ago are now spread out on the ground after last week's violent storm. They are still living and providing nectar for whatever happens by.

I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, "Move from here to there" and it will move. Matthew 17:20