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PlantFiles: Marigold, French Marigold
Tagetes patula 'Solan'

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Tagetes (TAG-e-teez) (Info)
Species: patula (PAT-yoo-luh) (Info)
Cultivar: Solan

2 members have or want this plant for trade.


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
Scarlet (Dark Red)
Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost
By simple layering

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive soulgardenlove On Jul 29, 2006, soulgardenlove from Marietta, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

I grew these from seed and wintersowed them. I am quite pleased with the number of blooms per plant even though the blooms themselves are on the smaller side. The two colors of red and yellow on the blooms make them great. I have noticed that some plants seem to have a little mildew on them, but I'm not completely sure if that's it and It's not very noticeable at all. Susan


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Marietta, Georgia
Niles, Illinois
Ewing, Kentucky

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