TAGETES patula

Marigold, French Marigold



Height: 4-12" (10-30cm)
Flowering Time: Summer
Flower Colour: Yellow, orange

Botanical Classification:


Angiospermae (Angiosperms)
Subclass: Dicotyledonae (Dicotyledons)
Superorder: Asteridae (Daisy Superorder)
Order: Asterales (Daisy Order)
Family: Asteraceae (Daisy Family)
Genus: Tagetes (Marigold)
Species: patula (spreading)
Tagetes patula

Tagetes patula is a smaller version of the African Marigold, growing to only a few inches high, often used as an edging plant in summer bedding schemes. Plants form short, dense, bushes with finely divided leaves. In summer, they produce small, bright single or double flowers in yellow, orange and mahogany, often with striped and bicoloured blooms.


Harvesting and Growing from Seed:


(3 days)

Seed Pod There is no seedpod. The seeds are held together in a dense upright bundle.

Seed The seeds are long, thin, black woody sticks with a straw-coloured end. There are many seeds
on a seedhead.

Seedling The seedleaves are long and thin. The first true leaves are deeply lobed.

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