At just 12″ tall, these rich-colored gems are great for borders, rock gardens, or containers, and attract pollinators and other beneficial insects. The flavor and scent of the edible leaves and flowers is floral, citrus, and spicy. Signet marigolds have long been used to add flavor and color recipes. Infuse in oil and vinegar for a salad dressing, or chop and use as you would tarragon. Fairly drought tolerant. Deer and rabbit resistant.
Botanical Name: Tagetes tenuifolia
Native: Mexico and Central America
Plant Dimensions: 8″–12″
Variety Information: ½”–1″ yellow, orange, and red, single flowers. Red flowers have orange centers and sometimes yellow borders on the petals.
Exposure: Full Sun
Bloom Period: Summer to frost
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″