Helping You Become a More Successful Gardener
Gerald L. Klingaman
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 of 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 small single, double, or semi-double 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 that 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.
12 - 1
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
6"-18" / 15.2cm - 45.7cm
Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall, Late Fall
Mexico, Central America
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Drought Tolerant, Average Water
Yellow, Red, Orange, Gold, Dark Red, Orange Red
Dark Green, Burgundy
Single, Double, Semi-Double
Bedding Plant, Container, Edging, Mixed Border
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