The Frances’s Choice Tagetes patula In honor of Frances Hoffman, lifetime seed saver, horticulturist, and faire godmother, this was her pick. Gets 3 to 5 feet, beautiful long stems, single burgundy flowers with gold edges.
Frances’s Choice Tagetes patula
Tagetes patula, the French marigold, is a species in the daisy family (Asteraceae). It is native to Mexico and Guatemala with several naturalised populations in many other countries.
The flower is an annual, occasionally reaching 0.5 m by 0.3 m. In some climates it flowers from July to October. In its native habitat of the highlands of central Mexico, blooms are produced from September to killing frost. Achenes ripen and are shed within two weeks of the start of bloom. The heads contain mostly hermaphrodite (having both male and female organs) florets and are pollinated primarily by beetles in the wild, as well as by tachinid flies and other insects. The leaves of all species of marigold include oil glands. The oils are pungent.