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Fine foliage and a profuse display of warm-hued flowers make the signet marigold a beautiful warm season annual for summer. Distributed across higher elevations locales from Mexico to Peru, this mounding bedding plant readily self-sows and may become weedy in warmer, frost-free climates.
The bushy signet marigold has small, deeply divided leaves with a ferny appearance. In the warmth of summer, the plant becomes fully cloaked in masses of small, five-petaled flowers of yellow, gold, orange or rusty red (or bicolored combinations thereof). Flowering will continue into fall with light deadheading. Butterflies, bees and other insects pollinate the blooms, and the seed-filled heads that result should be trimmed off if volunteer plants are not desired.
Grow signet marigold in full to partial sun and well-drained, neutral soil that’s not overly rich. Highly fertile soil will diminish flowering. Excessive heat and high humidity can encourage legginess and fungal rot. Plant it along the edge of a sunny border or to add color to a summer rock garden. The flowers are edible, tasting of citrus, and can be used in salads.
Signet marigolds have been hybridized to create a wide variety of desirable marigolds. The compact, floriferous plants in the Gem series are beautiful as is the pretty, bicolored selection, 'Starfire'. All cultivated varieties are easily grown from seed.
12 - 1
A1, A2, A3, H1, H2, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Full Sun, Partial Sun
12"-18" / 30.5cm - 45.7cm
12"-24" / 30.5cm - 61.0cm
Mexico, Central America, South America
Drought Tolerant, Average Water
Spring, Summer, Fall
Yellow, Orange, Gold, Orange Red
Bedding Plant, Container, Edible, Hanging Basket, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Wildflower
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