We first saw this unusual and striking landrace from Mexico in the gardens at Arche Noah, Schiltern, Austria. Because it attracts such a wide variety of pollinators – not to mention its ornamental charms, we decided to grow it at Roughwood. The 36 to 48 inch tall plants make excellent background accents because they are covered with large ruffled flowers (some are single) that set the garden ablaze with fiery yellow color. Used in Mexico as a dye plant (from the petals), the flowers are also a key element as decorations for the Mexican Day of the Dead and make long-lasting cut flowers for arrangements. Best of all, this marigold is generally free of the pests and diseases that plague hybrid marigolds sold in garden centers.