This flower has a special meaning for me (Judy, co-owner of Botanical Interests). When I was little, I would go with my mom to John's Garden Center in San Jose, CA every spring to purchase very tall, bright yellow marigolds to encircle the patio. She just loved those big, bright, yellow blossoms. It was a very special flower of my youth, so I named this variety after her. For me, Phyllis marigold will remind me of trips to the garden center, spring planting with mom, and her wonderful summer patio parties.
Phyllis is also known as 'Mum Yellow' for its chrysanthemum-like 3" flower made up of hundreds of thin, bright yellow petals. Long stems are great for cut-flower bouquets and arrangements. African Marigold petals are edible with a slightly bitter, citrusy/spice flavor. They make a pretty garnish on rice, salads, or desserts. Fairly drought tolerant.
Botanical Name: Tagetes erecta
Native: Mexico and South America
Plant Dimensions: 24" tall, 12" wide
Variety Information: 3" bright yellow, fully double flowers with thin petals
Exposure: Full sun
Bloom Period: Summer to frost
Attributes: Cut Flower, Deer Resistant, Fairly Drought Tolerant, Edible Flower, Good for Containers
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 3 seeds every 10"–12"
Thinning: When 2" tall, thin to 1 every 10"–12"
Special Instructions: Once seedlings have 4-5 sets of leaves, cut seedlings back to just above the 3rd or 4th set of leaves to promote branching. Deadheading (removing spent blossoms), just above the next lower branch regularly also promotes branching and more blooms, but will reduce or eliminate reseeding.
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