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PlantFiles: Marigold, French Marigold
Tagetes patula 'Golden Guardian'

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

3 members have or want this plant for trade.


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)
9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

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:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds


2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive sterhill On Jul 14, 2005, sterhill from Atlanta, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Atlanta - they got bigger than I expected. Raised from seed this year. I planted them among my tomatoes which was recommended, and the tomatoes are doing wonderfully. No sign of tomato disease even with all the terrifically wet weather we've had this year. I will add a photo as soon as it stops raining! Also measure them as they are very tall.

Positive EskieLeia On Jan 2, 2005, EskieLeia from Leesville, SC (Zone 8a) wrote:

Golden Guardina controls nematodes in your vegetable garden and attract beneficial bees and insects for pollination. I interplant these with okra, pepper and tomato plants. These are single-flowered plants that grow quite tall. If you do not want them to reseed, dehead before they dry, as they do come back each year. I don't find them to be invasive though.

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