Re: Tithonia rotundifolia (Mexican Sunflower)

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Posted by Newt on September 01, 2003 at 23:15:42:

In Reply to: Tithonia rotundifolia (Mexican Sunflower) posted by Cheri on August 29, 2003 at 17:18:44:

: While researching Tithonia rotundifolia (Mexican Sunflower) I found reference to it being called "clavel del muerto" which is Spanish for Carnation of Death. I can't find any information as to why. Does anyone know??

: Thanks!

Hi Cheri,
I searched the Cornell University database of poisonious plants and several others, as well as, and I find no reference to it being poisonious. I suspect that the flower is used in ceremonies that relate to death or at funerals.

Do let us know if you find out for sure.

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