I bought my first Marigold ‘Crackerjack’ seeds 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 Mississippi. The plants in Mississippi were not near as impressive as the ones I grew in Minnesota.
Tagetes erecta L. is the correct and accepted scientific name for the African Marigold. They were first described as such by Carl von Linnaeus in Species Plantarum in 1753.
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.
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.
The plants I grew in Mississippi left a lot to be desired, maybe because there was to 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!
If you have any comments or questions about the Marigold ‘Crackerjack’ I would love to hear them.