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This dazzling plant blooms in masses of yellow flowers with deep burgundy stripes and is the star of the fall garden.

Latin Name

Tagetes patula



Type of Plant

Annuals Annuals

Bloom Season

September - October


Summer Summer
Fall Fall


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


  • Annual
  • Edible
  • Flower Border

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun Full Sun


  • Deer
  • Clay Soil

  • Attracted Wildlife

    Butterflies Butterflies
    Hummingbirds Hummingbirds


    Native Range

    Mexico and Guatemala


    French marigolds were first featured in Curtis' Botanical Magazine in 1791.

    Other Details

    Pollinator Pollinator
    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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