Mexican Sunflower (Tithonia rotundifolia) is now blooming and attracting butterflies. I planted these from seed. You can find them at Botanical Interests and Olivebarn.com. The plants are about 4-5 feet tall now (planted the seeds in March). Beautiful orange flowers, loves full sun and the heat too. Very easy to grow from seed.
I noticed this Swallowtail butterfly was missing part of it’s wing. Looks like this butterfly got away in the nick of time. Most likely a bird tried to catch it. It did not seem to be affected at all. It flew beautifully and hovered with no troubles. The yellow wings with blue accents are stunning against the vivid orange flowers.