Marigold Fireball

Marigold Fireball:   

Meet the “New World marigolds” ~ Fireball and companion Strawberry Blonde introduce germplasm never seen before in African or French marigolds that puts multicolor blooms on the same plant. The fully double flowers start out a deep red, aging to rusty orange, closing with a rich golden bronze. The cooler temperatures of spring, early summer, and fall allow the most vivid contrast of colors.  These flowers measure about 2½ inches wide, are packed with frilly petals and that characteristic marigold aroma. Give Fireball plenty of sunshine, good soil drainage and keep it watered and fed for nonstop flowers from late spring into fall. There’s no harder-working nor more useful annual in garden or container!

Height: 10-12″/Spread: 6-8″                 

Spring-Frost

Full Sun

Size Available: 1801

Description

Marigold, French Type  mare-E-gold

Although they’re commonly called French marigolds, Tagetes patula is actually native to Mexico and Central America. In the 16th century, their seeds were first transported to Europe by Portuguese explorers. Eventually, the flowers became popular in France—and just about everywhere else, too, including French territories.  Bushy and compact, French marigolds usually grow no higher than a foot. They make a wonderful hedge that blooms from summer into late fall. French marigold cultivars come in double-flower and single-flower varieties, but most are doubles with red, orange and yellow flowers that seem petite compared to African marigolds. Most measure from one to three inches across.