Tagetes erecta. Also known as: Clavel de moro, Clemole, Clemolitos, Flor de niño, Pastora, Pastoral, Pastorcilla, Pastorcita, Sempasúchil, Tempula, Cempohualxochitl, Tlemolitos, Pujuk, X-puhuk, Xpay jul, Guie'biguá, Picoa, Quie-pi-goa, Kalhpu'xa'm, Cempaoxóchitl cimarrón, Tiringuini, Aztec Marigold, Dyer's Marigold. We first saw this unusual and striking landrace from Mexico in the gardens at Arche Noah in Schiltern, Austria (our source). Because it attracts such a wide variety of pollinators – not to mention its ornamental charms, we decided to grow it at Roughwood. The 3 to 5 foot plants make excellent background accents because they are covered with large ruffled flowers (some are single and some are double) that set the garden ablaze with fiery orange-yellow color. Used in Mexico as a dye plant (from the petals), medicinally for stomach ailments, colds and flu, parasites, and more! This is the flower that is also a key element as decorations for the Mexican Day of the Dead as the flor de muerto and make long-lasting cut flowers for arrangements, altars, and graves. The fragrance is unlike any other marigold, even when dried which was considered valuable in allowing the souls to be guided back to the realm of the living. The plants of this marigold is generally free of the pests and diseases and attract bees and butterflies! This by far one of the most sacred flowers of the Americas!
Please note, our seeds are 2019 harvest and have a natural low germination rate. At least 100 seeds per pack.