I didn’t start growing the Marigold ‘Brocade’s ‘ until 2012 but it seems like much longer. I am not even sure where I bought the seeds, maybe Heirloom Acres. They became my favorite Marigold, so this page is dedicated to them.
The correct and accepted scientific name for the French Marigold is Tagetes patula L.. It was first described by Carl von Linnaeus in Species Plantarum in 1753.
When I first started plant name research it wasn’t uncommon for other websites to still be using old names. It still is common for many companies not to change the scientific names. Prior to the updated 2013 version of The Plant List, the French Marigold had always been Tagetes patula and all other websites agreed. The 2013 revision, the one that is STILL being used, states that Tagetes patula is NOW a synonym of Tagetes erecta, which is the African type. I think this is a little screwy. No other websites, not even Tropicos (Missouri Botanical Garden) who is one of the organizations helping to revise The Plant List, are in agreement. SO, perhaps the name changed back so fast it wasn’t changed anywhere else and The Plant List is wrong since it hasn’t been updated since 2013 (AND IS NOW UNMAINTAINED). SO, I will continue using Tagetes patula as the correct and accepted scientific name for the French types. I have always regarded the Missouri Botanical Garden, and Tropicos, as a very reliable source of information.
As you can see in the above photo, ‘Brocade’ is a double French type Marigold.
When I first started growing the Marigold ‘Brocade’ I liked the redder flowers the best. SO, I saved the seeds in 2012 from just the red flowers. After I moved to Missouri I planted the seeds in the bed behind the old foundation (where my grandparents former home was). Very few seeds came up but they were red. SO, I saved seeds from them plus several came up volunteer. There were more in 2014.
By 2016 I didn’t even have to plant seeds because enough were coming up volunteer. I transplanted a lot of them into the northeast corner bed behind the foundation. As you can see in the above photo they appear to be all red.
I didn’t even collect seeds and in the spring of 2017 but hundreds were coming up from seed on their own. BUT, they weren’t all red this time. Many are orange. SO, why did that happen?
Now that is a beautiful red flower. Deep mahogany red edges with gold and a gold center, which gets larger as the flower matures.
*I haven’t taken the photo that goes here yet. It will show how HUGE they get and how you have to be careful how close to plant them to their nearby companions…
Information on the internet says they grow anywhere from 6-12”. Well, folks, I am here to tell you they get MUCH taller. In full sun and the right conditions, these plants will grow close to 2’ tall.
Marigolds grow their best and make more sturdy plants when they are grown in full sun. They are very drought tolerant and will continue to grow and flower until they get zapped by frost.
I have more photos to add from the remainder of the 2017 season.
I hope you enjoyed this page and that it was useful for you. If you have any questions or comments about the marigold ‘Brocade’ I would love to hear from you.