Harvested from the gardens at Monticello.
Thomas Jefferson planted seeds of the African Marigold along the winding walk flower border on April 8, 1812. Although native to South America, the first garden plants introduced into Europe came from Northern Africa: hence, the common name. While double garden forms were common around 1800, this species, or wild form, of African Marigold features rare single petaled, yellow flowers. Jefferson-documented: This plant was documented by Thomas Jefferson in his Garden Book, Notes on the State of Virginia, or other writings.
Native Distribution: Latin America
Sow seeds indoors 4 weeks before the last frost date at 70 degrees F. Transplant to cell packs once they have several true leaves, then harden off and transplant outdoors after the last frost. Alternatively, direct sow outdoors into well-drained soil after the last frost. Approximately 40-50 seeds per packet.
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