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PlantFiles: Marigold, French Marigold
Tagetes patula 'Aurora Mix'

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

3 members have or want this plant for trade.


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade


Bloom Color:

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


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

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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Thumbnail #1 of Tagetes patula by BUFFY690


1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive BUFFY690 On Sep 20, 2004, BUFFY690 from Prosperity, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:

I am not a big marigold fan but I purchased this one just to experiment with it. I planted it next to my Antigua primrose marigolds in hope to produce some larger orange flowers, I hope the bees did their job. This plant produced more flowers than any other plant in my garden. And the color, it stands out and is brighter than any other orange flower in my yard and I have ALOT of orange flowers. These were even growing in the shade of one of my largest brugs.
I hope the seeds I have collected this year are viable, I can't wait to try these from seeds next year.
Try these and you will not be dissappointed.
I live in zone 7


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

Brooklyn, New York
Columbia, South Carolina

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