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The Mexican sunflower is similar to a regular sunflower but is shorter (generally growing around 2 – 5 feet high) and produces a dahlia-style flower in red, orange and the classic sunflower yellow.
The Mexican sunflower is actually a group of sunflowers that originates from Mexico and Central America. Although the Mexican sunflower is a genuine sunflower it is not a sunflower in the conventionally known sense. This sunflower grows to around half the height of the regular sunflower and has larger, bushier leaves sticking out of its stem. The center of the flower is yellow as opposed to the regular sunflower’s golden brownish color. Many people compare the flower to the looks of a dahlia, but the color ranges in different varieties are only found in the red-yellow-orange portion of the spectrum.
Found in the field behind my apartment, Myrtle Beach, SC USA