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

Latin Name

Tagetes erecta



Also Known As

Mexican Marigold Aztec Marigold

Type of Plant

Annuals Annuals

Bloom Season

June - October


Summer Summer
Fall Fall


Max height Max Height: 4'
Max spread Max Spread: 2'


  • Annual
  • Flower Border
  • Edible

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun Full Sun


  • Deer
  • Clay Soil

  • Colors

    Native Range

    Mexico, Central America


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

    Other Details

    Sold at Mount Vernon Sold at Mount Vernon

    Planted at Mount Vernon

    Planted at Mount Vernon Upper Garden

  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

    USDA basemap

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

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