These gorgeous yellow and maroon flowers are as beautiful as the starlet depicted on the poster of the 1935 movie, Naughty Marietta. This tough garden standard is very easy to grow from seed and blooms profusely and continuously from summer to frost. Fairly drought tolerant, great for containers, attracts butterflies, and may repel soil nematodes.French marigolds are edible, but with a very strong flavor similar to its pungent scent. A 1947 All-America Selections winner.
Botanical Name: Tagetes patula
Plant Dimensions: 8″–12″ tall
Variety Information: 1½”–2″ single flowers of deep yellow petals with maroon markings at the base
Exposure: Full sun
Bloom Period: Summer to frost
Attributes: Attracts Pollinators, Cut Flower, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Edible Flower, Good for Containers, Rabbit Resistant
When to Sow Outside: 1 to 2 weeks after your average last frost date, and when soil temperature is 70°–80°F.
When to Start Inside: RECOMMENDED. 4 to 6 weeks before your average last frost date.
Days to Emerge: 5–14 days
Seed Depth: ¼”
Seed Spacing: A group of 4 seeds every 6″–8″
Thinning: When 1″ tall, thin to 1 every 6″–8″
Harvesting: For the longest vase-life, harvest in the morning, choosing flowers that are half-open.