This genus of annuals and perennials, allied to Dahlia, contains 25
species native to warmer parts of the Americas but mostly to Mexico.
Two of the species are well known garden flowers, grown around the
world, and two or three others are occasionally grown.
They have erect but weak, leafy stems and the leaves are variously
lobed or deeply and finely dissected.
Flowerheads, on slender stalks terminating branches, are daisy-like
with showy, broad ray-florets surrounding a small disc; they range
in color from white through pinks, yellows, oranges, reds and
purples to deep maroon.
Flowering colors: Brown, Crimson, Orange, Pink, Purple, Red, White,
Cultivation: They require a sunny situation with protection from
strong winds and will grow in any well-drained soil as long as it is
Mulch with compost and water well in hot, dry weather.
Propagate annuals from seed .
Deadhead regularly, and in humid weather watch for insect pests and