An intense citrus aroma fills the air when you brush by them along a path or in hanging baskets. Small single blooms make airy mounds above lacy foliage. Use the edible flowers in salads, desserts and fancy drinks. While all marigold flower petals are technically edible, Golden Gem is by far the best-tasting. As its color might suggest, it has a faintly citrus flavor that actually enhances salads. Golden Gem is slow to bloom so start early. Bright lemon-yellow blooms flower until heavy frost.
Text and photo courtesy of West Coast Seeds.