This tall, colorful plant's strong aroma deters many garden pests
Large flowers in shades of yellow to orange add color to borders and flower gardens. The flower's strong aroma deters many garden pests. This marigold has nematocidal qualities when dug into the soil. This tall, colorful plant is traditionally used in the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebrations. Has been used medicinally for centuries.
Good cut flower. Blooms summer to fall. Attracts bees and butterflies.Asteraceae Tagetes erecta
African/American Marigolds (T. erecta) are taller plants that can grow to be 3' tall. They have larger blossoms, but their flowering period is shorter than French Marigolds.
- Ease of Growing
- Grown as
- Days to Maturity
- 50-60 (Spring/Summer)
- Growing Habit
These were originally tropical plants and don’t like cold weather or frost.
- Spring Transplant, Summer
- Growing Season
- Short, Long
- Cultivar Type
- Growing Conditions
- Warm, Hot
This tropical plant grows naturally in zones 9 to 11, but can be grown in colder climates as an annual.
- Outdoor Growing Temp
- 60°F - 95°F
- Min Outdoor Soil Temp
Don’t plant out until soil is at least 60˚ F, preferably higher.
- Start Indoors
- Start Outdoors
- Sun: min. 6 hours daily (Warm, Hot)
Marigolds need full sun for best growth. They won't grow nearly as well in part shade and flowering will be delayed.
Marigolds are somewhat drought tolerant, but flower best if the soil is slightly moist (not wet though).
Marigolds aren't very hungry plants and growing them in rich soil can actually result in lush growth at the expense of flowers.
- High heat
- Small Gardens?
Marigold is well suited to container growing.
- Attracts beneficial insects?
- Fruit Size
- Plant Height
- Plant Diameter
- Hardiness Zone
- Disease Resistance
- Taste Profile
Some cultivars have pleasant tasting flowers that are a nice addition to salads. Taste the flowers to see if they are worth eating.