French Marigold Brocade Mix - Knock Out Colors
This charming, cheerful French marigold is the Brocade variety having early and continuous frilly two inch blooms of mahogany red with golden centered blossoms. 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.
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 1500's. The French promptly fell in love with them and began breeding for more colors and stronger aromas. From there, they traveled from garden to garden wherever European travelers went.
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.
Really enjoyed growing these flowers from seed. Had a bit of trouble starting them as I don't have heating pads or heated green house but once they took off in mid spring they performed well in spite of record drought and some neglect. Some seedlings didn't make it but we are in the middle of a record drought in our state. The strongest flowers made it through early August and just yesterday I collected the seeds from the spent and dry flowers. I was so amazed at their fragrance even when dry as I was pulling the seeds from their pods. You just don't get that lasting fragrance from hybrids. I cannot say how well they performed at repelling insects because I didn't have many surviving plants but I can say they attract hummingbirds. While I was watering my garden, one hovered over the marigolds for a while. The packet contains approximately 50 seeds per the website and out of that packet I managed to grow about 20 plants of which 5 or so survived transplant, drought, neglect. I would order this seed again.