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French Marigold

Tagetes patula

Also known as

Mexican Marigold

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

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Tender

10b

USDA zone

2°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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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 with French Marigold

French Marigold Companion Plants

How to harvest French Marigold

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

How to propagate French Marigold

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 of French Marigold

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

Other uses of French Marigold

Medicinal

Used as a digestive, diuretic and a sedative.

Edible

The flowers are edible and can be used in salads.

Garden Annuals

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