African Marigold, American Marigold (Tagetes erecta)-Hort Answers - University of Illinois Extension
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African Marigold, American Marigold
Tagetes erecta

Tall Marigold <em>Tegetes erectus</em>
Tall Marigold Tegetes erectus
All around dependable annual offering mid to tall plants with a bushy habit. Good for garden beds and containers. Flowers in shades of yellow, orange and white. Good cut flower. 
Full sun moist well drained soil 

Numerous available. Some include:

'Atlantis' 12-18 inches tall, fluffy yellow flowers

'Inca Orange' 12-18 inches tall, orange flowers, compact bush

'Double Eagle' 24-36 inches tall, deep orange flowers

'Doubloon' 24-36 inches tall, yellow flowers

'Discovery Series' 12-18 inches tall, orange and yellow flowers

'Moonstruck Orange' 14-18 inches tall, orange flowers

Mature Height
1-3 Feet
Annual Hardiness Type
Tender Annual
Bloom Color
Bloom Season
May - October
Soil Conditions
Moist, Well-Drained
Exposure/Light Requirements
Full Sun
Pests and Problems

Environmental Damage

Fungal Disease

Insect Damage

Insect Relative Damage

Phytoplasma Disease

Additional pests and problems that may affect this plant:

mites, japanese beetles, leaf hoppers, botrytis, phythium root rot, aster yellows
Additional Notes
Taller cultivars tend to need some support while shorter "hedge types" are better at standing up well over the summer. Deadheading improves re-blooming. Attracts butterflies.


Related Resources
Home, Yard & Garden Pest Guide
Illinois Commercial Landscape and Turfgrass Pest Management Handbook
U of IL - Distance Diagnosis through Digital Imaging
U of IL - Plant Clinic