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PlantFiles: Marigold, African Marigold, Aztec Marigold
Tagetes erecta 'Sweet Cream'

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Tagetes (TAG-e-teez) (Info)
Species: erecta (ee-RECK-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Sweet Cream

12 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
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
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:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

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

Seed Collecting:
Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral ReetPetite On Nov 26, 2008, ReetPetite from Albuquerque, NM (Zone 7a) wrote:

Love the soft color but my soil and where I planted it for evening shade were not best for it. I will try again next year. My area in ABQ,NM has Caliche, a clay soil bound with calcium that dries rock hard and cracks. I amended the soil but obviously not well enough for this plant. You can see one blossom peeking through other plants surrounding it. It is also possible I did not give it enough room.

Positive Angel_D On Aug 5, 2008, Angel_D from Quincy, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

This is a gorgeous marigold, a nice cream color with dark green foliage. (I don't like most marigolds because of the neon colors.) Mine is in a small container has been reasonably tolerant of irregular watering and fertilizing (meaning, it has come back after watering even though it was wilting).

Positive rebecca101 On Oct 4, 2006, rebecca101 from Madison, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:

Lots of pretty off-white flowers, and also very nice foliage. I don't like the typical marigold pallette but this one goes nicely with softer colors.


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

Quincy, Illinois
Macy, Indiana
Eddyville, Kentucky
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Croton On Hudson, New York
Gold Hill, Oregon
Summerville, South Carolina
Madison, Wisconsin

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