...... is a favourite common name for this majestic plant although it does have quite a few common names.
Occurring naturally in Mexico and Central America this non hardygiant of a sun flower has escaped cultivation and become established in tropical and subtropical areas throughout the world.
It becomes shrub like very quickly and is considered invasive in parts of Southern and Eastern Africa, Australia and many Pacific Islands.
It flowers spectacularly here in late summer at a height of 2 – 3 metres and continues flowering until the temperature drops too low.
One plant can easily grow to 5m and spread to 3.5m in it’s second year here on the Costa Tropical.