Thomas Jefferson planted seeds of the African Marigold along the Winding Flower Walk on April 8, 1812. Although native to South America, they were first introduced into Europe through northern Africa: hence, the common name. Double garden forms were common around 1800, but this is the species, or wild form, of African Marigold with unusual (and rare) single, yellow flowers.

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Growth Type: Annual

Color(s): Yellow

Hardiness Zones: Zone 1, Zone 2, Zone 3, Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9, Zone 10

Location at Monticello: West Lawn

Planting Conditions: Full Sun and Partial Shade