Tagetes patula (100 days) Open-pollinated. It’s worth juggling garden space to make room for this jester, whose bright stripes of burgundy and yellow will keep you entertained into the fall. Many small single striped flowers dance atop a 20" tall plant and make alluring additions to bouquets as well. Don’t be fooled by look-alikes—this was the winner in the court of opinion. ~360 seeds/g. ③
5226 Court Jester
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Small bushy plants with flowers approximately 2" across in a wide range of colors including yellows, oranges, rich reds, mahogany and bicolors. Bloom styles, depending on the cultivar, can be single, crested, semi-double or fully double. Outstanding edging plants bloom early summer till frost and stand well in all weather.
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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