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Marigolds (Tagetes)
Marigolds (Tagetes) are bright yellow plants from Mexico that spread to Europe in the 16th century, where they are still a garden-bed favorite. In Mexico, marigolds are used in the yearly Day of the Dead celebration and are considered the bloom of the dead. When grown around vegetable gardens, they can repel insect and animal pests with their odor.
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15 cm to 30 cm
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15 cm to 23 cm
Flower Size
2.5 cm
Leaf type
Semi-evergreen
Ideal Temperature
15 - 38 ℃

Scientific Classification of Marigolds

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The genus 'marigolds' has an easy care profile, suitable for beginners. They require full sun and moderate water, preferring well-draining soil and a temperature range of 60-75°F. Common challenges include pests like aphids and whiteflies, and diseases such as powdery mildew. Climate plays a role in their growth; in spring and summer, regular watering is crucial as they bloom. In autumn, they should be deadheaded for ongoing blooms, while in winter, they need frost protection.
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8 most common species:
Tagetes erecta
African marigold
African marigold is a common garden plant with bright orange or red flowers. Its use in decorative and ceremonial gardens dates back to ancient Aztec civilizations. Not only does african marigold add bright colors, but it is also known to repel insects, rabbits, and deer thanks to its toxic latex.
Tagetes minuta
Mexican marigold
Mexican marigold (Tagetes minuta) has become naturalized around the world ever since Spanish colonization. It needs full sun to flourish, and planting it around your garden will resist deer, yet attract butterflies and hummingbirds for you. People with sensitive skin should avoid touching it as its irritant sap can cause contact dermatitis.
Tagetes lemmonii
Lemmon's marigold
Lemmon's marigold (Tagetes lemmonii) is an evergreen shrub that is native to northwestern Mexico and the southwestern United States. Lemmon's marigold has pungent, aromatic leaves and produces bright yellow blooms from fall through spring.
Tagetes lucida
Mexican tarragon
Depending on the climate, mexican tarragon can be grown as an annual or a perennial. It is usually grown for its licorice-flavored leaves and bright yellow marigold-like flowers. It is also known as false tarragon and Mexican mint marigold.
Tagetes tenuifolia
Signet marigold
Signet marigold is a wild marigold prolific in Central America. This herbaceous plant produces numerous tiny and yellow to orange flowerheads. The flowers are edible with a lemon-like flavor, perfect for garnishing, tea, and salad. Signet marigold is easy to grow and can be planted near creeks and puddles to repel bugs and insects.
Tagetes erecta 'Perfection'
Yellow Perfection Marigold
Yellow Perfection Marigold is a popular garden plant with showy double blooms. It is widely used in pharmaceuticals and cosmetics due to its high levels of carotenoids. The plant contains a natural insect repellent that repels mosquitoes and other pests.
Tagetes erecta 'Tiger Eyes'
African marigold 'Tiger Eyes'
With double French heads, the african marigold 'Tiger Eyes' is a fragrant two-toned cultivar favored for its pest resistance and ease of growing. The african marigold 'Tiger Eyes' has no disclosed information about the source of its parentage or name. The african marigold 'Tiger Eyes' holds special importance for gardeners looking for a natural pesticide. When planted alongside vegetables and herbs, african marigold 'Tiger Eyes' will eliminate pests such as nematodes.
Tagetes tenuifolia 'Golden Gem'
Signet marigold 'Golden Gem'
Signet marigold 'Golden Gem' is named after its abundant golden flowers, which are bright yellow with orange centers. This color scheme differs from the dark-orange flowers of the parent plant. This bushy annual brightens gardens with flowers that repeat throughout the summer months. The plant thrives in sunny areas and helps to repel aphids from nearby plants.

All Species of Marigolds

African marigold
Tagetes erecta
African marigold
African marigold is a common garden plant with bright orange or red flowers. Its use in decorative and ceremonial gardens dates back to ancient Aztec civilizations. Not only does african marigold add bright colors, but it is also known to repel insects, rabbits, and deer thanks to its toxic latex.
Mexican marigold
Tagetes minuta
Mexican marigold
Mexican marigold (Tagetes minuta) has become naturalized around the world ever since Spanish colonization. It needs full sun to flourish, and planting it around your garden will resist deer, yet attract butterflies and hummingbirds for you. People with sensitive skin should avoid touching it as its irritant sap can cause contact dermatitis.
Lemmon's marigold
Tagetes lemmonii
Lemmon's marigold
Lemmon's marigold (Tagetes lemmonii) is an evergreen shrub that is native to northwestern Mexico and the southwestern United States. Lemmon's marigold has pungent, aromatic leaves and produces bright yellow blooms from fall through spring.
Mexican tarragon
Tagetes lucida
Mexican tarragon
Depending on the climate, mexican tarragon can be grown as an annual or a perennial. It is usually grown for its licorice-flavored leaves and bright yellow marigold-like flowers. It is also known as false tarragon and Mexican mint marigold.
Signet marigold
Tagetes tenuifolia
Signet marigold
Signet marigold is a wild marigold prolific in Central America. This herbaceous plant produces numerous tiny and yellow to orange flowerheads. The flowers are edible with a lemon-like flavor, perfect for garnishing, tea, and salad. Signet marigold is easy to grow and can be planted near creeks and puddles to repel bugs and insects.
Yellow Perfection Marigold
Tagetes erecta 'Perfection'
Yellow Perfection Marigold
Yellow Perfection Marigold is a popular garden plant with showy double blooms. It is widely used in pharmaceuticals and cosmetics due to its high levels of carotenoids. The plant contains a natural insect repellent that repels mosquitoes and other pests.
African marigold 'Tiger Eyes'
Tagetes erecta 'Tiger Eyes'
African marigold 'Tiger Eyes'
With double French heads, the african marigold 'Tiger Eyes' is a fragrant two-toned cultivar favored for its pest resistance and ease of growing. The african marigold 'Tiger Eyes' has no disclosed information about the source of its parentage or name. The african marigold 'Tiger Eyes' holds special importance for gardeners looking for a natural pesticide. When planted alongside vegetables and herbs, african marigold 'Tiger Eyes' will eliminate pests such as nematodes.
Signet marigold 'Golden Gem'
Tagetes tenuifolia 'Golden Gem'
Signet marigold 'Golden Gem'
Signet marigold 'Golden Gem' is named after its abundant golden flowers, which are bright yellow with orange centers. This color scheme differs from the dark-orange flowers of the parent plant. This bushy annual brightens gardens with flowers that repeat throughout the summer months. The plant thrives in sunny areas and helps to repel aphids from nearby plants.
Tagetes patula 'Bonita Carmen'
Tagetes patula 'Bonita Carmen'
Tagetes patula 'Bonita Carmen'
The Tagetes patula 'Bonita Carmen' is a cultivar of a species of marigold commonly known as ‘French marigold.’ This cultivar has ruffled, dramatic red and yellow flowers that look like a flamenco dancer’s skirts, hence its name, ‘beautiful Carmen.’ Gardeners will find this cultivar thrives in a very sunny garden and can do well in neutral, basic, or acidic soil.
French Marigold
Tagetes patula 'Hero Orange'
French Marigold
The french Marigold was created to be a brighter, more vibrant version of the ornamental annual flower of the Tagetes patula. Prized for its delicate texture, fineness, and fairly low maintenance needs, this cultivar gives the blooms a deeply vibrant orange color.
Marigolds 'Zenith Lemon Yellow'
Tagetes 'Zenith Lemon Yellow'
Marigolds 'Zenith Lemon Yellow'
Brighten up your garden with marigolds 'Zenith Lemon Yellow' marigolds, known for their vibrant, lemon-yellow blossoms. Attract butterflies and other pollinators to your flowers with this plant. Marigolds 'Zenith Lemon Yellow' is an awesome annual flower that will bloom happily throughout the summer months.
Tagetes patula 'Honeycomb'
Tagetes patula 'Honeycomb'
Tagetes patula 'Honeycomb'
Tagetes patula 'Honeycomb' offers daisy-like, single or double flowers that have stunning mahogany-red petals edged with bright yellow. The plant blooms from summer into fall. It is a cultivar of Tagetes patula distinguished by, and named for, the resemblance of its flower to a bee's honeycomb. This is a popular choice for its prolific blooms and its resistance to pests and disease.
French marigold
Tagetes patula
French marigold
French marigold is a popular garden plant for its ability to repel harmful insects.
Licorice marigold
Tagetes micrantha
Licorice marigold
Licorice marigold is a petite, bushy annual adorned with small, yellow, and strongly aromatic flowers. Its delicate fern-like foliage brims with a fine texture, presenting a dance of greenery that veils its slender stems. This species thrives in sun-bathed environments, its modest blooms lending a splash of color to arid landscapes while its scent and foliage deter some pests, subtly speaking to its survival adaptability.
Tagetes moorei
Tagetes moorei
Tagetes moorei
Tagetes moorei is known for its vibrant yellow-orange flowers, which bloom from late summer to fall, providing a splash of color. This perennial typically grows upright, reaching 30 to 60 cm in height, with fine, fern-like foliage that emits a strong aroma when crushed. Native to high-elevation regions, tagetes moorei thrives in well-drained soils and full sun, where its showy blossoms attract a variety of pollinators, thus playing a role in local ecosystems.
Red-crescent marigold
Tagetes lunulata
Red-crescent marigold
Red-crescent marigold is a vibrant, sun-loving flowering plant characterized by its distinctive marigold-like appearance. Its bright orange or yellow blossoms resemble tiny suns, while the dark green, fern-like foliage provides a lush backdrop to the vivid flowers. Adapting well to various soils, red-crescent marigold thrives in warm climates, its radiant blooms attracting beneficial insects and adding a splash of color to gardens.
Tagetes filifolia
Tagetes filifolia
Tagetes filifolia
Tagetes filifolia, known for its delicate, fern-like foliage, is a small herbaceous plant. Its standout feature includes finely divided, thread-like leaves that emit a strong, sweet scent when crushed, indicative of its adaptive strategies for deterring herbivores. Tiny, inconspicuous yellow flowers bloom, which contrast with its vibrant green leaves. Preferring full sun, tagetes filifolia often proliferates in well-drained soils and is resilient to drought, exploiting the full potential of its environment.
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Dracaena
Dracaena are popular house plants that are easy to grow. They can tolerate low-light conditions and require little watering. Their leaves range from variegated to dark green. Their characteristic traits include woody stems that grow slowly but offer a striking appearance for small spaces such as apartments or offices.
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Fig trees
Fig trees have been cultivated in many regions for their fruits, particularly the common fig, F. carica. Most of the species have edible fruits, although the common fig is the only one of commercial value. Fig trees are also important food sources for wildlife in the tropics, including monkeys, bats, and insects.
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Brambles
Brambles are members of the rose family, and there are hundreds of different types to be found throughout the European countryside. They have been culturally significant for centuries; Christian folklore stories hold that when the devil was thrown from heaven, he landed on a bramble bush. Their vigorous growth habit can tangle into native plants and take over.
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Maples
The popular tree family known as maples change the color of their leaves in the fall. Many cultural traditions encourage people to watch the colors change, such as momijigari in Japan. Maples popular options for bonsai art. Alternately, their sap is used to create maple syrup.
Prunus
Prunus
Prunus is a genus of flowering fruit trees that includes almonds, cherries, plums, peaches, nectarines, and apricots. These are often known as "stone fruits" because their pits are large seeds or "stones." When prunus trees are damaged, they exhibit "gummosis," a condition in which the tree's gum (similar to sap) is secreted to the bark to help heal external wounds.
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Nightshades
Nightshades is a large and diverse genus of plants, with more than 1500 different types worldwide. This genus incorporates both important staple food crops like tomato, potato, and eggplant, but also dangerous poisonous plants from the nightshade family. The name was coined by Pliny the Elder almost two thousand years ago.
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Roses
Most species of roses are shrubs or climbing plants that have showy flowers and sharp thorns. They are commonly cultivated for cut flowers or as ornamental plants in gardens due to their attractive appearance, pleasant fragrance, and cultural significance in many countries. The rose hips (fruits) can also be used in jams and teas.
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Oaks
Oaks are among the world's longest-lived trees, sometimes growing for over 1,000 years! The oldest known oak tree is in the southern United States and is over 1,500 years old. Oaks produce an exceedingly popular type of wood which is used to make different products, from furniture and flooring to wine barrels and even cosmetic creams.
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Marigolds (Tagetes) are bright yellow plants from Mexico that spread to Europe in the 16th century, where they are still a garden-bed favorite. In Mexico, marigolds are used in the yearly Day of the Dead celebration and are considered the bloom of the dead. When grown around vegetable gardens, they can repel insect and animal pests with their odor.
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Attributes of Marigolds

Plant Height
15 cm to 30 cm
Spread
15 cm to 23 cm
Flower Size
2.5 cm
Leaf type
Semi-evergreen
Ideal Temperature
15 - 38 ℃

Scientific Classification of Marigolds

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The genus 'marigolds' has an easy care profile, suitable for beginners. They require full sun and moderate water, preferring well-draining soil and a temperature range of 60-75°F. Common challenges include pests like aphids and whiteflies, and diseases such as powdery mildew. Climate plays a role in their growth; in spring and summer, regular watering is crucial as they bloom. In autumn, they should be deadheaded for ongoing blooms, while in winter, they need frost protection.
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8 most common species:
Tagetes erecta
African marigold
African marigold is a common garden plant with bright orange or red flowers. Its use in decorative and ceremonial gardens dates back to ancient Aztec civilizations. Not only does african marigold add bright colors, but it is also known to repel insects, rabbits, and deer thanks to its toxic latex.
Tagetes minuta
Mexican marigold
Mexican marigold (Tagetes minuta) has become naturalized around the world ever since Spanish colonization. It needs full sun to flourish, and planting it around your garden will resist deer, yet attract butterflies and hummingbirds for you. People with sensitive skin should avoid touching it as its irritant sap can cause contact dermatitis.
Tagetes lemmonii
Lemmon's marigold
Lemmon's marigold (Tagetes lemmonii) is an evergreen shrub that is native to northwestern Mexico and the southwestern United States. Lemmon's marigold has pungent, aromatic leaves and produces bright yellow blooms from fall through spring.
Tagetes lucida
Mexican tarragon
Depending on the climate, mexican tarragon can be grown as an annual or a perennial. It is usually grown for its licorice-flavored leaves and bright yellow marigold-like flowers. It is also known as false tarragon and Mexican mint marigold.
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Dracaena
Dracaena
Dracaena are popular house plants that are easy to grow. They can tolerate low-light conditions and require little watering. Their leaves range from variegated to dark green. Their characteristic traits include woody stems that grow slowly but offer a striking appearance for small spaces such as apartments or offices.
Ficus
Fig trees
Fig trees have been cultivated in many regions for their fruits, particularly the common fig, F. carica. Most of the species have edible fruits, although the common fig is the only one of commercial value. Fig trees are also important food sources for wildlife in the tropics, including monkeys, bats, and insects.
Rubus
Brambles
Brambles are members of the rose family, and there are hundreds of different types to be found throughout the European countryside. They have been culturally significant for centuries; Christian folklore stories hold that when the devil was thrown from heaven, he landed on a bramble bush. Their vigorous growth habit can tangle into native plants and take over.
Acer
Maples
The popular tree family known as maples change the color of their leaves in the fall. Many cultural traditions encourage people to watch the colors change, such as momijigari in Japan. Maples popular options for bonsai art. Alternately, their sap is used to create maple syrup.
Prunus
Prunus
Prunus is a genus of flowering fruit trees that includes almonds, cherries, plums, peaches, nectarines, and apricots. These are often known as "stone fruits" because their pits are large seeds or "stones." When prunus trees are damaged, they exhibit "gummosis," a condition in which the tree's gum (similar to sap) is secreted to the bark to help heal external wounds.
Solanum
Nightshades
Nightshades is a large and diverse genus of plants, with more than 1500 different types worldwide. This genus incorporates both important staple food crops like tomato, potato, and eggplant, but also dangerous poisonous plants from the nightshade family. The name was coined by Pliny the Elder almost two thousand years ago.
Rosa
Roses
Most species of roses are shrubs or climbing plants that have showy flowers and sharp thorns. They are commonly cultivated for cut flowers or as ornamental plants in gardens due to their attractive appearance, pleasant fragrance, and cultural significance in many countries. The rose hips (fruits) can also be used in jams and teas.
Quercus
Oaks
Oaks are among the world's longest-lived trees, sometimes growing for over 1,000 years! The oldest known oak tree is in the southern United States and is over 1,500 years old. Oaks produce an exceedingly popular type of wood which is used to make different products, from furniture and flooring to wine barrels and even cosmetic creams.
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