A tiny flower, growing in mass. Returning yearly, edging my herbs. Greens fade, browns darken. These small, amber gems glow, shine. Like the last moments of sunset on a lake. Holding the warmth a little longer, reflecting it back.
Common name: Gem Marigolds, Lemon Gem, Tangerine Gem
Latin name: Tagetes tenuifolia
Culture: Full sun. Drought tolerant. Height:12 to 18 inches. Width: Round and mounding, up to 12 inches.
Notes: Considered an annual, but reseeds freely. An edible jewel!
Lemon yellow and tangerine orange, each with the sweet scent of their name. Together, a tangy blend. A robust bouquet, freed by the gentlest touch. Bright lemon and orange, a touch of fresh cilantro, spice of marigold, and just a zing of pine and sage. Orange is the olfactory hue.