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  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones


    This upright yellow-flowering plant, with its distinctive odor, is a classic of the summer border.

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    Latin Name

    Tagetes erecta


    Family

    Asteraceae


    Also Known As

    Mexican Marigold Aztec Marigold


    Type of Plant

    Annual

    Bloom Season

    June - October


    Seasons

    Summer
    Fall

    Specifications

    Max Height: 4'
    Max Spread: 2'

    Uses

  • Annual
  • Flower Border
  • Edible

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun

    Tollerances

  • Deer
  • Clay Soil

  • Colors


    Native Range

    Mexico, Central America


    History

    Aztec marigolds were brought to Europe by Spanish explorers in the 16th century. By 1770, John Bartram of Philadelphia was offering them for sale.


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    Bartlett Tree Expert Company has been working with Mount Vernon Estate since 2011 providing expert arboricultural care and GPS mapping for the estate’s historic trees, as well as support from their research facility.   Mount Vernon is proud to partner with Bartlett Tree Experts and appreciates their sponsorship of George Washington’s Mount Vernon Plant Finder App.

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    Purchase our historic seeds, collected from plants grown at Mount Vernon and plant them in your own garden.

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