Sanvitalia is a member of the Asteraceae family of annual plants---those that die after one year---that include cosmos sunflowers, summer chrysanthemums, blanket flowers, strawflowers, living-stone daisies, marigolds and zinnias. They create a large flowery outdoor display.
Sanvitalia flowers grow to a height of between 6 and 14 inches, have oval-shaped leaves and 1-inch wide orange or yellow flowers, and bloom throughout the summer and early autumn.
Sanvitalia hails from Mexico and Guatemala; flowers need full sun, hot summers and a light, sandy soil. Sanvitalia is hardy in Zones 9 and 10, the two hottest zones in the continental U.S., and Zone 11, which is in Hawaii.
Sanvitalia flowers can be started indoors in peat pots about seven weeks before the end of winter. Plant the seedlings, peat pot and all, outdoors after the danger of frost is past. Space them 14 inches apart.
Sanvitalia flowers do not require high maintenance. Fertilize with quick-release, water-soluble fertilizers every two weeks during the growing season. Sanvitalia takes drought conditions in stride.
Varieties of sanvitalia include the following: Irish Eyes, light orange single flowers, green centers, 4 inches; Mandarin Orange, orange single flowers, 4 inches; Orange Sprite, orange double flowers, 14 inches; Yellow Sprite, orange-yellow flowers, dark centers, 14 inches.
Sanvitalia flowers do well along sidewalks, as a border plant, in baskets and in rock gardens. Planting sanvitalia among taller flowers is also effective.
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