Bushy, short, rock-garden marigolds, these are, indeed “little gems” for your garden with profuse blooms on dense mounds of lacy, scented foliage. Petite, single, lemon and tangerine blossoms not only have delicious names, they are edible! Infuse in oil and vinegar for a salad dressing, or chop and use as you would tarragon. A delightful accent for beds, patio containers, and salads!
Botanical Name: Tagetes tenuifolia
Native: Mexico and Central America
Plant Dimensions: 8″–12″ tall
Variety Information: ½”–1″ yellow or orange flowers
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.