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Marigold
Scientific Name: Tagetes patula L.
Synonym:
Family: Asteraceae
Marigold (Tagetes  patula) Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: All zones
USDA: All zones

Heat Tolerance: Not reliable in summer in the low deserts, needs abundant water and afternoon shade

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: Mexico and Guatemala

Growth Habits: Annual, much branched, 6 to 12 inches tall (15 to 30 cm) depending on the variety; divided leaves with narrow toothed segments, strongly scented in most varieties.

Watering Needs: Regular water

Propagation: Seeds


The Marigold is a winter plant in Phoenix. Plant it in October, when the nights get cool

Marigold (Tagetes  patula)

Marigold (Tagetes  patula)

Cultural Practices:
Space the plants 8-16 inches apart. Deadhead to encourage more flowers. Check for slugs and aphids.

Blooming Habits:
Yellow to red flowerheads, up to 1.6 inches wide (4 cm) with many double forms. The flowers attract butterflies.

Fruiting Habits:


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