'Bolero' marigold was introduced in 1970 and won an All-America Selections bronze medal the same year. It had a trendsetting color at the time, their was nothing else like it. It was the first marigold that had a gold splashed red coloration. Today most of today's popular French marigold series have a 'Bolero' variety. In fact 'Bonanza Bolero' was an All-America Selections winner in 1999. The plants are large for a french marigold. Mine resemble small shrubs 16" high by 18" wide. It has gotten hard to find the original. Mine came from Ferry Morse Seed who still have a good strain with only a very small percentage of red off-types. I have had a very hard time getting a good photo of it. The following are the best of my hundreds of attempts.
The bottom picture shows them as the star of pool bed #2. This is the view from my kitchen window.
Next spring when your perusing the Ferry Morse Seed rack, pick up a packet and give them a try.