Marigold, French Marigold
Tagetes patula

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

Annuals

Height:

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

Hardiness:

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Scarlet (Dark Red)

Orange

Red-Orange

Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Foliage:

Aromatic

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:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

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

Regional

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

Seward, Alaska

Fort Thomas, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona

Lucerne Valley, California

Ellendale, Delaware

Bartow, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida

Keystone Heights, Florida

Kissimmee, Florida

West Palm Beach, Florida

Gainesville, Georgia

Valdosta, Georgia

Hampton, Illinois

Prospect, Kentucky

New Iberia, Louisiana

Saint Francisville, Louisiana

Cumberland, Maryland

Fort George G Meade, Maryland

Gwynn Oak, Maryland

Dearborn Heights, Michigan

Troy, New York

Greensboro, North Carolina

Carrollton, Ohio

Mount Orab, Ohio

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Austin, Texas

Brazoria, Texas

Brownsville, Texas

Deer Park, Texas

Delavan, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:

4
positives
2
neutrals
1
negative
RatingContent
Neutral

On Dec 28, 2008, DMgardener from (Daniel) Mount Orab, OH (Zone 6b) wrote:

I do not usually put a neutral on any plant; but this is one that warrents this action. These plant are WONDERFUL in pretty much any site, as long as they have FULL sun and some moisture. But, in a hot, dry, windy site as on the back of a north-facing garage, they grow to 2-3" high and wide. Then they put out 10-15 flowers and just DRY UP. And their gone in 2 months! But, otherwise, they are very good at: bedding, edging, and as a close subsitite for saffron! (although, Calendula petels are more colorful when dry, they are not as flavorful as Marigolds!)

Positive

On Mar 11, 2006, desert_witch from Lucerne Valley, CA (Zone 8a) wrote:

I love these bright beauties in both my kitchen garden and landscaping. They seem to thrive wherever I plant them as long as they get enough water! We have temps upward of 100 F for 1-1/2 to 2 months each year, as well as high winds, and these bushy little things are very resiliant! In the garden they grow up to about 18" tall, and are covered with hundreds (it seems) of blooms on a single compact bush.
I had so many both of both African and French Marigolds in my Kitchen garden that went to seed before I could collect them all, I can't wait to see them popping up all over the garden. They keep alot of bugs away, most critters (mice, pack and kangaroo rats, and cottontails) don't like them either, which make them excellent outside the confines of the garden fencing and as "perim... read more

Positive

On Jun 23, 2005, Gindee77 from Hampton, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

I like the way marigolds light up the garden. They always seem to make it through the toughest summer conditions here in zone 5.

Negative

On May 16, 2005, darylmitchell from Saskatoon, SK (Zone 3a) wrote:

What a disappointment. Two years in a row I tried to grow these things on my south-facing patio. Both times they wilted within days and were dead in two weeks. They are too delicate for a hot, windy site.

Neutral

On Nov 19, 2003, mrsmitty from Jacksonville, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

These can be purchased in individual colors and make fun patterns of color in a flower garden. I have found that direct sown seeds make plants that get bushier and look healthier than plants bought from garden centers or sown in pots and transplanted. They also can be propigated easily from cuttings.

Positive

On Jan 27, 2003, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

Besides being pretty and fragrant, marigolds are wonderfully useful plants. They repel nematodes and bean beetles, giving them double duty in the vegetable garden.

Named varieties probably will not come true from seed; tetraploid marigolds do not set viable seed, so care must be taken to ensure the parent plant is actually making seeds, not just spent flowers.

Positive

On Mar 10, 2001, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

Double or single flowers range in color from yellow to rich maroon. This garden staple is easily grown in ordinary well-drained soil. Keep flowers picked to encourage new flowers and bushy shape.