Marigold, African Marigold, Aztec Marigold 'Eskimo'

Tagetes erecta

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

Category:

Annuals

Foliage Color:

Blue-Green

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers

Height:

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

Hardiness:

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Pale Yellow

Cream/Tan

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Herbaceous

Aromatic

Smooth-Textured

Shiny/Glossy-Textured

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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 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

Regional

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

Binghamton, New York

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Aug 31, 2005, NatureWalker from New York & Terrell, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

The height of these marigolds at the top of this page is very misleading, one bud has reached 33 inches tall; but many others have reached 28 inches tall. They really can propagated by herbaceous cuttings. I planted only 2 seeds, both germinated. When they had grown to 15 inches tall; I cut the tops off at the halfway point. I then just stuck the top halves into the soil right behind the 'mother' plant of each. They were then shaded by the 'mother' plants. They looked a little ill at first, but after 5 days they perked up. They seem to want a lot of water.

The fern-like foilage is very pleasantly aromatic and stays a long time on your hands; even now that I've washed my hands. Before the first frost hits, I'm going to clip them off at the bases, put them into vases of water... read more

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