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Planted at Mount Vernon


  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005


    French marigolds are iconic garden plants with distinctly fragrant leaves. The flowers are single, semi-double, double, or crested in shades of yellow, orange, or red, and can also be bi-colored. When planted in the vegetable garden, marigolds can repel certain pests, such as white flies on tomatoes.

    Latin Name

    Tagetes patula


    Family

    Asteraceae


    Type of Plant

    Annuals

    Bloom Season

    July - November


    Seasons

    Summer
    Fall

    Specifications

    Max Height: 1.5'
    Max Spread: 1'

    Uses

  • Annual
  • Flower Border

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun
    Part Sun

    Tolerances

  • Clay Soil
  • Deer

  • Attracted Wildlife

    Butterflies
    Hummingbird

    Colors


    Native Range

    Mexico, Guatemala


    History

    George French listed French marigold seeds in his 1799 advertisement in the Fredericksburg Virginia Herald


    Other Details

    Pollinator
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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.

    Bring Washington's Garden Home

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

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