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African Marigold, Tall Marigold
Scientific Name: Tagetes erecta L.
Family: Asteraceae
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

Growth Habits: Annual, 14 to 36 inches tall (30 to 90 cm) depending on the variety; dark green divided leaves, 2.5 to 4 inches long (6-10 cm), 1.6 to 2 inches wide (4-5 cm) with narrow toothed segments, strongly scented in most varieties.

Watering Needs: Regular water, prefers well drained, moist soils

Propagation: Seeds, in place after the last frost

This marigold was long believed to be native to Africa, hence the name.

Cultural Practices:
Space the plants 10 to 18 inches apart (25-45 cm). Deadhead to encourage more flowers. Check for slugs and aphids.

Blooming Habits:
Heavy, white or yellow to orange flowers, 2 to 6 inches in diameter (5-15 cm). The flowers attract butterflies. The varieties with largest flowers might need some staking.

Fruiting Habits:

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