Botanical Name: Tagetes erecta


Common Name: American or African Marigold  


Plant photo of: Tagetes erecta
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Water Saving Tip:

As the weather gets hotter avoid the temptation to increase run times.

Instead, schedule more start times with one to two hours in between to allow the water from the previous session to soak in before watering again.

  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type



Height Range



Flower Color

Orange, Yellow, White


Flower Season

Spring, Summer, Fall


Leaf Color

Green, Dark Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season






Very Low, Low, Medium


Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Loam


Soil Condition

Average, Well-drained


Soil pH

Acid, Neutral


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

Formal, Meadow


Accenting Features

Fragrance, Showy Flowers


Seasonal Interest

Spring, Summer, Fall


Location Uses

Background, Entry, Perennial Border, Foundation, Lawn, Patio, Walkways


Special Uses

Container, Cut Flowers, Mass Planting, Small Spaces


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Jerry Sortomme - Editor
Photographer: Steve Jacobs
  • Description

  • Notes

This Marigold will grow to about 3' high and has small, green or dark green leaves with orange, yellow, or white flowers that bloom in spring, summer, and fall.
Planting Instructions: 1. Dig a hole 2 times the width and 1 and 1/2 times the height of the container. 2. Set rootball at ground level. 3. Prepare soil mix of equal parts soil and soil amendment. 4. Backfill with amended soil. 5. Build Basin and water.