Marigold ‘Crackerjack’

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Marigold ‘Crackerjack’ flower with a bumblebee on 9-17-09, #35-28.

Marigold ‘Crackerjack’

Tagetes erecta

TAG-e-teez ee-RECK-tuh

Synonyms of Tagetes erecta (7) (Updated on 2-24-21): Tagetes corymbosa Sweet, Tagetes elongata Willd., Tagetes heterocarpha Rydb., Tagetes major Gaertn., Tagetes patula L.Tagetes remotiflora Kunze, Tagetes tenuifolia Kunth

Tagetes erecta L. is the correct and accepted scientific name for this species of Marigold. The genus and species were named and described as such by Carl von Linnaeus in the second volume of the first edition of Species Plantarum in 1753.

Plants of the World Online by Kew lists 48 species in the Tagetes genus (as of 2-24-21 when I last updated this page). It is a member of the plant family Asteraceae with 1,679 genera. Those numbers should change as updates are made (and likely will).

THERE ARE A FEW LINKS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE FOR FURTHER READING.

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Marigold ‘Crackerjack’ on 9-2-11, #76-4

I grew my first Marigold ‘Crackerjack’ when I was living in Minnesota with my brother in 2007. They were AWESOME and I wish I had the photos to show you. I bought seeds again in 2009 and in 2011 while living in the mansion in Leland, Mississippi. The plants in Mississippi were not near as impressive as the ones I grew in Minnesota.

Although they are called African Marigolds, they are native to Mexico. I am sure the “cultivars” we plant in our flower beds are a bit different than the wild plants.

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Marigold ‘Crackerjack’ on 10-24-11, #83-12.

Marigold ‘Crackerjack’ does best if grown in full sun but do OK in part shade as well. Plants can grow around 36” tall and sometimes need staking, like mine in Mississippi did. Then again, it seemed like almost everything there needed stakes. They produce HUGE flowers, around 4” wide, or orange, yellow and gold.

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Marigold ‘Crackerjack’ on 11-12-11, #84-6.

The plants I grew in Mississippi left a lot to be desired, maybe because there was too much shade. The plants I grew in Minnesota flowered in all three colors, but it seems the only color I had in Mississippi were yellow. Maybe someday I will buy more seeds and give them a try here in mid-Missouri… In full sun!

I hope you enjoyed this page and maybe found it useful. If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, I would like to hear from you. Please click on “like” if you visited this page. It helps us bloggers stay motivated. 🙂 You can check out the links below for further reading. The links take you directly to the genus and species of this plant. If you notice I made an error, please let me know. Of course, you can always send me an email at thebelmontrooster@yahoo.com.

FOR FURTHER READING:
PLANTS OF THE WORLD ONLINE (GENUS/SPECIES)
WIKIPEDIA (GENUS/SPECIES)
NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY
CORNELL UNIVERSITY
GARDENIA
DAVE’ GARDEN
MISSOURI BOTANICAL GARDEN
PFAF (PLANTS FOR A FUTURE)
GO BOTANY

 

 

2 comments on “Marigold ‘Crackerjack’

  1. Genevieve Costabile says:

    bought 9 packages or Marigold seeds they were Cracker Jacks never realized what they were until mine seeds green they were taller than me. They were just beautiful and every one just love them, the took longer time to grow and bloom, once they did. Wow….

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