TAGETES erecta 'Crackerjack' (African Marigold - Crackerjack) is a cultivar of African Marigold known for its large and showy flowers. It is an annual flowering plant that belongs to the Asteraceae family. African Marigold 'Crackerjack' is valued for its robust growth, vibrant blooms, and its ability to add bold color to garden landscapes. It is often used in borders, mass plantings, or as a focal point in garden beds.
African Marigold 'Crackerjack' is a tall annual plant that typically grows to a height of about 2 to 3 feet (60 to 90 cm) with a similar spread. It has an upright and branching growth habit with dark green foliage. The flowers are large, fully double, and come in a mix of colors including shades of yellow, gold, orange, and sometimes red.
This species thrives in full sun and well-drained soil. African Marigold 'Crackerjack' is adaptable to various soil types, including sandy or loamy soils. It prefers moderately fertile soil but can tolerate less ideal conditions.
The flowers of African Marigold 'Crackerjack' are the main attraction. They have a dense, fluffy appearance with multiple layers of petals. The blooms can reach a diameter of 3 to 5 inches (7.5 to 12.5 cm). The colors are vibrant and eye-catching, adding a bold splash of color to the garden. The flowers have a mild marigold fragrance.
African Marigold 'Crackerjack' typically blooms from mid-summer to fall, providing a long-lasting display of color. Deadheading spent flowers can help promote continuous blooming and extend the flowering period.
African Marigold 'Crackerjack' is often used in borders, flower beds, or as a focal point in garden landscapes. Its tall stature and vibrant flowers make it a standout plant. It works well as a background plant, in mass plantings, or as a focal point in garden beds. The bold colors of the flowers add impact and create a visually stunning display.
African Marigold 'Crackerjack', with its large, showy flowers and vibrant colors, is a striking choice for adding bold color and visual interest to garden spaces. Its robust growth, long-lasting blooms, and low-maintenance nature make it a valuable addition to various garden settings, especially in borders, mass plantings, or as a focal point in garden beds.
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Scientific Name: Tagetes Erecta
Common Name: African Marigold
Plant Type: Annual
Native Range: Southern North America, Mexico
Spread: 12 to 24 "
Habitat: Pine-oak forest zone, Sides of roads
Exposure: Full Sun
Blooming Season: Spring, Summer, Fall
Attracts: Bees, Butterflies, Ladybugs
Flower Color: Mixed
Flower Shape: Single to fully double with large globular heads
Water Requirement: Average
Soil Type: Moderately Fertile, Well-drained
Soil pH: Neutral (7.0-7.5)
Advantage: Easy to grow, Fast growth
Uses: Internally in the treatment of indigestion, colic, coughs and externally used to treat sores