These sunny flowers in tones of orange, yellow, white, and salmon open their petals when hit by the sun to reveal a dark center ringed with purple that is very attractive to bees and butterflies. African Marigold petals are edible with a slightly bitter, citrusy/spice flavor. They make a pretty garnish on rice, salads, or desserts. The prolific display starts in the mild temperatures of spring in any climate and often continues to frost. In frost-free climates, sow in fall and enjoy their sunny presence from winter through spring. Flowers best during mild temperatures; a great choice for the spring garden. May reseed.
Botanical Name: Dimorphotheca sinuata
Native: South Africa
Plant Dimensions: 8-16″ tall and wide
Exposure: Full sun
Bloom Period: Flowers abundantly during mild temperatures; high temperatures may cause a reduction in bloom. Plants will flush with blooms again when temperatures drop in late summer and continue until hard frost. In mild climates, late summer or fall sowing will provide late fall through spring blooms.
Attributes: Fairly Drought Tolerant, Good for Containers
When to Sow Outside: 1 to 2 weeks before your average last frost date. In Mild Climates, sow late summer to fall for blooms in winter and spring.
When to Start Inside: 6 to 8 weeks before your average last frost date.
Days to Emerge: 10–15 days
Seed Depth: 1/8″
Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 8″
Thinning: When 1″–2″ tall, thin to 1 every 8″