Marigold FlowersMarigolds are both the best annual and the easiest to grow. If you're looking for an extremely inexpensive annual flower which will give you a wealth of color, then the marigold is the answer.
Marigold Flower ColorMarigold flowers bloom in a range of colors from yellow, butter, copper, and brass to deep red petals trimmed in gold. Best of all, marigolds continue to provide warm colors into your summer and autumn garden flower beds.
Marigold Flower VarietiesDespite there being roughly 50 different marigold species, the most commonly known flowers comes from only three species:
- Tagetes erecta - known as either the African or American marigold, tagetes erecta is the tallest species of marigold with some plants reaching three to five feet.
- Tagetes patula - the French marigold. French marigolds are a bit smaller and more compact in their appearance. Beautiful, but somewhat smaller flowers; French marigolds typically grow between 6 inches to about 2 feet tall.
- Tagetes tenuifolia - a great marigold for rock gardening or, any place that's hot and dry. Even more...you can eat the flowers in salads!