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Planted at Mount Vernon

Planted at Mount Vernon Upper Garden

  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

    2 2 3 3b 4 4b 5 5b 6 6b 7 7b 8 8b 9 9b 10 10b USDA basemap

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

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    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 Annuals

    Bloom Season

    July - November


    Seasons

    Summer Summer
    Fall Fall

    Specifications

    Max height Max Height: 1.5'
    Max spread Max Spread: 1'

    Uses

  • Annual
  • Flower Border

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun Full Sun
    Part Sun Part Sun

    Tolerances

  • Clay Soil
  • Deer

  • Attracted Wildlife

    Butterflies Butterflies
    Hummingbird Hummingbird

    Colors


    Native Range

    Mexico, Guatemala


    History

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


    Other Details

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