Mexican Mint Marigold ( Tagetes lucida)
This fall blooming plant has many virtues. Come September, it begins to pop with bright yellow flowers. If you let the flowers go to seed, you'll be able to enjoy more and more each year. It is also a culinary treat, as it has the flavor of tarragon and anise. The flowers are nice to add to salads, while the foliage is great to add to soups, sauces and my favorite egg salad sandwiches. Some say you can tell when a freeze is coming, by the blooms on Mexican Mint Marigold. If it is in full bloom, which mine almost is, it will be two weeks before a freeze. I guess we are going to have an early winter this year - we'll see!