Tagetes erecta (75 days) Profuse large 3-4" double blooms on stocky 18" plants until frost. Same outstanding off-white color, infused with a touch of yellow towards the center, as Vanilla, which it replaces. Popular for weddings, marigolds in their usual hues of orange and yellow are thought to evoke the blessing of the sun, With this far different shade, perhaps the moon is called into the ceremony. Cut for bouquets or maintain deadheading so plants develop girth and keep the snows coming all summer long. Annual. ③
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Annual. “We do not consider a flower garden complete without the good old-fashioned French and African marigolds.” –Breck’s, 1885. Good for bedding, for cuts, in planters or borders. Their warm colors cheer all summer long and positively blaze in the light of early autumn. Native to the Americas and said to have been sacred to the Aztecs; still play a vital role in celebrations of Día de los Muertos. In 1939 Burpee’s Red and Gold hybrid was the first hybrid flower from seed offered commercially in the United States.
Culture: Fast and easy to grow from seed. Sow after soil has warmed, or inside in a warm (75–80°) spot, 3 weeks before setting out after danger of frost. Likes heat and full sun. Tolerant to drought. ~280 seeds/g unless otherwise noted.
All flowers are open-pollinated except where noted.
Days in parentheses after a variety indicate days to first bloom.
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