The bright Mexican Sunflower is now showing its color throughout Sarasota. The large yellow flowers cover the upper areas of the plant and invite numerous insects to stop by for some nourishing nectar. Listed by UF|IFAS as a butterfly and honeybee attractor, this flowering plant serves as a food source for many flying insects.
Permaculture gardeners know Mexican sunflowers make great fertilizer. It’s a perennial that will grow back from the ground provided the soil doesn’t freeze… and it grows really, really fast… all the way to 20′ tall. Mexican sunflowers are a very good source of phosphorus as well as other nutrients. You can chop them down multiple times every year and they’ll just keep growing back.
Source: The Prepper Project