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Tagetes erecta/African Marigold, Marigold

Tagetes erecta / Tagetes erecta
Summer border of yellow marigolds
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Summer border of yellow marigolds

An exhibit that features bright yellow marigolds

Planting of two cultivars of marigolds -- yellow and orange flowering marigolds

Flowers have highly aromatic foliage and flowers

Flower border of yellow and gold marigolds

Yellow variety

Close-up of orange flowers

In a San Francisco street planting

Strong contrast between colbalt-blue lobelia and orange marigold is achieved in this California landscape

African marigold as this one have large flowers

Close-up of an individual flower

With purple salvia in the Pacific Northwest

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Scientific Name: Tagetes erecta
Common Name: African Marigold, Marigold
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Height: 1-2 feet
Spread: 1-2 feet
Bloom time: Summer, Fall
Flower color: Yellow, Orange
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Deer Resistant-Tolerant Plants
Plants That Attract Butterflies
Comments: Marigolds have been around since pre-historic times. Various varieties and cultivars make up the mainstay of summer bedding plants. They vary in plant sizes, flower colors and sizes but all grow best in full sunlight and in well drained soils. Marigolds cannot tolerate wet, humid conditions. They grow best in drier climates where soils stay only moderately moist. Marigolds bloom from early summer through the fall if conditions are favorable. Deadhead old flowers to encourage repeat blooming. There can be a period during the hottest part of the summer when marigolds may cease to bloom until the temperatures fall below 90 degrees F.