have a very strong odor. Because of this odor many 16th
century gardeners thought they were poisonous. The plant
was named for the Virgin Mary "Marys
Gold." Marigolds are native to Mexico. Illinois
Senator Dirksen in the 1960's tried to make the marigold
the national flower. In India an indication of friendship
was to present a friend with a lei of marigolds.
after all danger of frost.
|Plant in full
sun. Marigolds are sold as transplants and can be started
from seed outdoors. The shorter kinds of marigolds should
be spaced about 12 inches apart. The taller African
kinds should be spaced two feet apart.
are care-free. Deadheading can help to make them bloom
all summer long. Water when the soil is dry.