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French Marigold

Tagetes patula

Tagetes patula 2007 by Reaperman (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Tender

H2

RHS hardiness

1°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

30cm

Max

30cm

20cm

Min

20cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a strong fragrance

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A photo of French Marigold
A photo of French Marigold
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A photo of French Marigold

Overview

This low-growing, low maintenance plant produces a profusion of flowers in a summer and autumn garden. Red, orange and yellow blooms, and blends thereof create a stunning display when mass planted. The pungent fragrance repels harmful insects and is successfully used as a companion plant in a vegetable garden. The fragrance is more herbal than floral.

Common problems

Companion plants

Harvesting

Collect the marigold flower heads. Dry them out and gently remove the seeds. Store dry until the following season.

Propagation

Seed

Sow seeds directly into the garden after the last frost. Plants will self-seed from season to season. Replant seedlings where they are needed.

Special Features

Pot plant

Is a very successful pot plant.

Drought resistant

Can be used in a water-wise garden

Attracts useful insects

Attracts bees and butterflies

Repels harmful insects

Kills nematodes in soil, repels whitefly

Attractive flowers

Uses

Medicinal

Used as a digestive, diuretic and a sedative.

Edible

The flowers are edible and can be used in salads.