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French marigold

Tagetes patula

Mexican marigold (Eng.)

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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.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer, Autumn, Spring
Fruiting time
Autumn

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

Geography

Origin
America, Mexico and Guatemala
Natural climate
Temperate

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Uses

Medicinal
Used as a digestive, diuretic and a sedative.
Edible
The flowers are edible and can be used in salads.

Personality

Family
Asteraceae
Flower colour
Ranges from deep red, through orange and yellow., Yellow
Scent
Strong

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