This charming, cheerful French marigold is the Brocade variety having early and continuous frilly two inch blooms of mahogany red with golden centered blossoms. Growing 8 – 12 inches they are just the right height for edging flowerbeds and borders with a chic, neat, little growth habit and elegant dark green foliage.
Extremely easy to grow and brightens the garden all summer long. Blooms early summer to frost, even in harsh Northern climates. This is the beautiful and beneficial marigold that repels insects and nematodes, so plant it liberally throughout the garden.
French marigolds originated in Mexico, where their blossoms captivated the Spanish who brought seeds back to Spain in the 1500s. The French promptly fell in love with them and began breeding for more colors and stronger aromas. From there, they travelled from garden to garden wherever European travelers went.
One of the hallmarks of the French marigolds is the double, daisy or carnation-like flower heads that usually grow in clusters. They are commonly planted in butterfly gardens as a nectar or energy source for the butterflies.
The dried and ground flower petals are a popular spice in the Georgian Republic, being compared to saffron for its bright, distinctive yellow/orange color. The spice gives a unique, earthy flavor to Georgian dishes and is often paired with cinnamon and cloves.
Marigold flowers are harvested annually and fed to laying hens to give the yolks a deeper golden color. A more important benefit is that the pigment of the petals contains beneficial compounds that support overall health of the hens.
Approx 100 seeds per packet