Phyllis African Marigold Seeds

5 out of 5 stars
(2 reviews)
Availability: In Stock

This flower has a special meaning for me (Judy, co-owner of Botanical Interests). When I was little, I would go with my mom to John's Garden Center in San Jose, CA every spring to purchase very tall, bright yellow marigolds to encircle the patio. She just loved those big, bright, yellow blossoms. It was a very special flower of my youth, so I named this variety after her. For me, Phyllis marigold will remind me of trips to the garden center, spring planting with mom, and her wonderful summer patio parties.

Phyllis is also known as 'Mum Yellow' for its chrysanthemum-like 3" flower made up of hundreds of thin, bright yellow petals. Long stems are great for cut-flower bouquets and arrangements. African Marigold petals are edible with a slightly bitter, citrusy/spice flavor. They make a pretty garnish on rice, salads, or desserts. Fairly drought tolerant.

$2.29 100 mg (~24 seeds)

Botanical Name: Tagetes erecta

Family: Asteraceae

Native: Mexico and South America

Hardiness: Annual

Plant Dimensions: 24" tall, 12" wide

Variety Information: 3" bright yellow, fully double flowers with thin petals

Exposure: Full sun

Bloom Period: Summer to frost

Attributes: Cut Flower, Deer Resistant, Fairly Drought Tolerant, Edible Flower, Good for Containers

When to Sow Outside: 1 to 2 weeks after your average last frost date, and when soil temperature is 70°–80°F.

When to Start Inside: RECOMMENDED. 4 to 6 weeks before your average last frost date.

Days to Emerge: 5–14 Days

Seed Depth: ¼"

Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 10"–12"

Thinning: When 2" tall, thin to 1 every 10"–12"

Special Instructions: Once seedlings have 4-5 sets of leaves, cut seedlings back to just above the 3rd or 4th set of leaves to promote branching. Deadheading (removing spent blossoms), just above the next lower branch regularly also promotes branching and more blooms, but will reduce or eliminate reseeding.

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Phyllis African Marigold Seeds Reviews

2 reviews

Phyllis is my favorite Marigold for a fancy front of the border boquet!

5 out of 5 stars Aug 10, 2021
Wow! What a beautiful mum-style marigold! Just spectacular! Phyllis is such a well-behaved front to mid-border companion, behind the Alyssum and next to other compact-bushy marigolds, in front of Snapdragons, alongside Baby's Breath, or even mixed in with attractive "border edibles" like sweet peppers. Elegant and optimistic Phyllis, with her lush, dark green leaves, and brilliant sun-burst quill petals, is the "Fuji mum-marigold" centerpiece of your border garden bouquet. Lovely in bud, magnificent in full bloom, she is certainly the Spring May Queen in our Zone 9 Central Florida garden! (Just don't get her blooms wet....she does NOT like the rain, and, like many marigolds, is susceptible to that "browning down" of blooms once the heavy rains and steamy weather of our Florida tropic summers begins). I'll plant her again this fall, and enjoy her loveliness while the "cool dry to warm dry" weather persists. I have pictures of Phyllis (taken during her peak bloom here in late May) to share, but I can't figure out how to embed them here in my review (will email to Botanical Interests and see if they'll add them for me).
hope from FL


5 out of 5 stars Nov 20, 2021
If your looking for sunshine in a flower this is it. Absolutely lovely golden yellow large flower with a bit of frilly edges. Blooms throughout the summer season into the 1st frost(in zone 5). Place in a sunny location and enjoy the prolific blossoms, gentle sweet fragrance. Blooms stand out in a garden and average height was 4 feet tall, definitely need supports , highly recommended & really take care of themselves, if you dead head pretty regularly.
V from NY

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