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African Marigold

Tagetes erecta

Also known as

Rose D'Indie, African Marigold Gold Coins Series, African Or French Marigold, Aztec Marigold, French Marigold, Big Marigold, Saffron Marigold

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a strong fragrance

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African Marigold Overview

African Marigolds are popular low-growing border plants with bright yellow, orange or bronze flowers and a distinctive, slightly pungent scent. As well as bedding plants, they can be used for medicinal purposes, as a soil conditioner or as an insect repellant, so they are a popular companion plant in vegetable beds.

Common problems with African Marigold

African Marigold Companion Plants

Vegetables and herbs benefit from planting them close by!

How to harvest African Marigold

Harvest leaves and flowers throughout the summer. Seeds can be harvested when the plants begin to dry out and the petals and seedpod turn brown.

How to propagate African Marigold


Sowing seeds in Spring and Summer. Germination time about 5 - 7 days.

Special features of African Marigold

Repels harmful insects

Known to keep nematodes away too.

Crop rotation

Especially after or before the cabbage family it is used to condition the soil.

Attractive flowers

Other uses of African Marigold

Border, cutting bed, pest control, mixed bed, fragrance, walls, rock garden, hanging basket


Leaves and flowers are edible, but not a favourite.


It is used to treat coughs, colic and constipation.