This Mix contains a few bakers dozen, of different varieties of Marigolds.
The common English name is derived from “Mary’s Gold”, yet the Latin name Tagetes is from the Roman mythology, named after Tages who was the founding prophet of the Etruscan religion, who according to legend, appeared at plow-time and taught the Etruscans divination. Perhaps for this reason, Tagetes took its namesake because it grows well in almost any sort of soil, with unusual tolerance to drought.
In Mexico, Marigolds were regarded as the flower of the dead, which led to their frequent use in the Day of the Dead celebrations.
Tagetes are a genus of the sunflower family, native to North and South America, and vary in size from low edging plants averaging 5-inches high, to as tall as 3-foot high. Blooms range in mostly solid colours of orange, golden yellow, and white, sometimes with red, decorative darker highlights along petals edge.
With over 50 species of marigold available, three dominate the bedding flower market:
The African Marigold (T. erecta), tallest and most common variety, although not native to Africa, and mostly bred as cut flowers. Grow in shades of creamy white, yellow and orange, reaching, with a wide spreading habit.
The French Marigold (T.patula) was developed in France, although also not native to the country, are the most compact variety, most often used in front of the border or containers.
The Signet Marigolds, (T. tenuifolia) were derived from the wild form that is widespread across most of Mexico, Central America and Peru. Good for rock gardens and edging plants, with unusual single blossoms that are prized for garnishing dishes.