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Phyllis African Marigold Seeds

Phyllis African Marigold Seeds

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This flower has a special meaning to Judy, the co-founder of Botanical Interests. As a child, she would go with her mom to John's Garden Center in San Jose, CA each spring to purchase very tall, bright yellow marigolds to encircle the patio, as her mother loved those big, bright, yellow blossoms. It was a very special flower of Judy's youth, so she named this variety after her mother. In her words, "For me, the 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.

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  • Variety Info
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  • Growing Info

Variety Info

Family: Asteraceae

Type: African Marigold (Learn more)

Native: Mexico and South America

Hardiness: Annual

Exposure: Full sun

Bloom Period: Summer to frost

Plant Dimensions: 24" tall, 12" wide

Variety Info: 3" bright yellow, fully double flowers with thin petals

Attributes: Cut Flower, Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Edible Flower, Good for Containers

Sowing Info

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"

Growing Info

Special Care: 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.