Photo by Melody

PlantFiles: Marigold, African Marigold, Aztec Marigold
Tagetes erecta 'Eskimo'

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

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 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

Grown for foliage

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)
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

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By NatureWalker
Thumbnail #1 of Tagetes erecta by NatureWalker

By NatureWalker
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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive NatureWalker 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 and root more of them in the house for next spring. At least I'll try to. The foilage will give the place some needed spring-like aroma.

~* Robin


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

Binghamton, New York

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