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Scientific Name: Tagetes patula
Common Names: French Marigold
Maximum Height: 0.5 m
Marigolds are easygoing plants that bloom reliably, even in direct sunlight, punishing heat and poor to average soil. Valued for its velvet-textured, brightly coloured blooms in shades of yellow, orange and brown, the French Marigold is shorter, and has a more spreading habit compared to its relative, the African marigold (Tagetes erecta). The plant is used in companion planting for many vegetable crops. Its root secretions are believed to kill nematodes in the soil and it is said to repel harmful insects, such as white flies on tomatoes.
Marigolds should be planted with ample spacing as healthy marigolds require plenty of air circulation. Place Marigolds in locations where it can enjoy at least six hours of sunlight. Water deeply and ensure the soil is dry before the next watering cycle.