Dark orange petals rimmed in gold.Queen Sophia, with its 2 1/2–3" blooms, continues to be a favorite around the world. Attracts beneficial insects such as hoverflies. Leaves of the plant are edible and are used as flavorful salad greens and garnish. Also known as French marigold. AAS winner.
•Edible Flowers: Use the flowers to dress up salads and desserts or cooked in egg or rice dishes. Flavor is floral with hints of citrus and spice, and slightly bitter. Remove the petals from the flower base before consuming as the base can be quite bitter.
Ht. 10–12". Avg. 10,850 seeds/oz. Packet: 50 seeds.
DAYS TO GERMINATION: 4-7 days at 75-80°F (24-27°C)
SOWING: Transplant (recommended) – Sow into 72-cell flat, or preferred seedling container, 4-6 weeks before last frost, lightly covering seed. Harden off and transplant out after last frost. For flowering in packs, sow 8 weeks before desired bloom time. Direct seed – After last frost, sow 1/4" deep. Pinching encourages branching. NOTES: High temperatures can cause plants to stall, and temporarily decline in growth and bloom. Deadhead regularly to increase blooms.
LIGHT PREFERENCE: Sun.
PLANT HEIGHT: Varies.
PLANT SPACING: 8-18". French Marigold: 8-12". Gem Marigold: 12". African Marigold: 12-18".
HARDINESS ZONES: Annual.
HARVEST: Flowers are fully open but still have tight centers.
SOIL REQUIREMENTS: Average soil. Feed moderately. pH: 6.0-7.5 preferred.
USES: Beds, borders, mass plantings, containers, and window boxes. Edible flowers, cut flowers (tall varieties).
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Tagetes spp.