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TAGETES patula (DISCO SERIES)

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John Rickard

Family

Asteraceae

Botanical Name

TAGETES patula( DISCO SERIES)

Plant Common Name

Disco Marigold, French Marigold

General Description

The vibrant French marigolds in the Disco Series have large, brightly colored, single blooms that are borne in profusion atop compact, bushy, drought-tolerant plants. Bred and introduced by the German seed company Ernst Benary, there are many colors to choose from including ‘Disco Bright Yellow’, ‘Disco Orange’ and ‘Disco Red.’

Commonly known as French marigold, this easy to grow, compact annual actually originates from Mexico and Central America. In fact, some believe it is a naturally occurring hybrid between the American marigold (Tagetes erecta) and signet marigold (Tagetes tenuifolia).

The dark green, ferny foliage of this bushy plant is highly aromatic and subtends many flattened, single flowers that may be orange, red, or yellow. Flowers are often bicolored and are attractive to butterflies. Regular deadheading will keep plants looking clean and prolong flowering.

For best growth, marigolds require full sun and well drained, average soil. They are great for mixed plantings and containers. As an added benefit, research suggests marigold roots emit a substance that deters root-damaging nematodes, which plague certain vegetable crops, so these make fine companion plants for vegetable gardens as well.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • Sunset Zone

    A1, A2, A3, H1, H2, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Annual

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    8"-10" / 20.3cm - 25.4cm

  • Width

    6"-8" / 15.2cm - 20.3cm

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall, Late Fall, Indeterminate

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin, Mexico, Central America

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Yellow, Orange, Gold, Orange Red

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Fruit Color

    Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    Yes

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Semi-Evergreen

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Edging, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes