General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Annual
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Plant Height: 1 to 4 feet
Plant Spread: 1 to 2 feet
Leaves: Fragrant
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Orange
Bloom Size: 2"-3"
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Uses: Medicinal Herb
Cut Flower
Will Naturalize
Edible Parts: Flowers
Dynamic Accumulator: P (Phosphorus)
Wildlife Attractant: Butterflies
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Pollinators: Various insects
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

Common names
  • Aztec Marigold
  • African Marigold
  • Mexican Marigold
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Tagetes erecta
  • Synonym: Tagetes patula

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  • Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Aug 22, 2014 6:56 PM concerning plant:
    Last year I found Tagetes erecta sprouting in different spots in my garden: in a flower bed circling a palm tree as well as many little ones popping up in the lawn. I'm assuming birds presented a few seeds to my yard, because although I've known about Marigolds for many years, I'd just never thought about them one way or the other. They just seemed to be a ho-hum plant to me and I'd never grown them. Anyway, I left the ones growing in the bed around the Palm tree and decided to transplant the ones growing in the grass to another bed. They've been prolific all summer with constant blooms, and I must admit ... African Marigolds are growing on me. Smiling
  • Posted by Catmint20906 (PNW WA half hour south of Olympia - Zone 8a) on Aug 1, 2014 8:56 PM concerning plant:
    Tagetes erecta is an important companion plant that reportedly helps to repel rabbits, aphids, whiteflies, cabbage maggot, corn earworm, Mexican bean beetle, some nematodes, and plum curculio.
  • Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on May 24, 2013 11:33 PM concerning plant:
    "Tagetes erecta, the Mexican marigold, also called Aztec marigold, is a species of the genus Tagetes native to Mexico and Central America. Despite its being native to the Americas, it is often called African marigold. In Mexico, this plant is found in the wild in the states of San Luis Potosí, Chiapas, State of México, Puebla, Sinaloa, Tlaxcala, and Veracruz. This plant reaches heights of between 20–39 inch. The Aztecs gathered the wild plant as well as cultivating it for medicinal, ceremonial and decorative purposes. It is widely cultivated commercially with many cultivars in use as ornamental plants.

    Since prehispanic times, this plant has been used for medicinal purposes. The Cherokee used it as a skin wash and for yellow dye. Scientific study shows that thiophenes, natural phytochemicals that include sulfur-containing rings, may be the active ingredients. They have been shown to kill gram negative and gram positive bacteria in vitro. This marigold may help protect certain crop plants from nematode pests when planted in fields. It is most effective against the nematode species Pratylenchus penetrans."

    Taken from wikipedia's page at:

Plant Events from our members
antsinmypants On May 5, 2021 Seeds sown
Indoors under lights. Glenn
piksihk On December 20, 2020 Harvested
Red color
piksihk On November 16, 2020 Harvested
seeds 'mari-mum' that was from test garden; yellow color;
Don't think original plant was Mari-mum, too small blooms
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