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Tagetes patula ‘Strawberry Blonde’ (French Marigold)

French Marigold 'Strawberry Blonde', Dwarf Crested French Marigold

Tagetes Patula 'Strawberry Blonde', French Marigold 'Strawberry Blonde', Dwarf Marigold 'Strawberry Blonde', Yellow Annuals, Orange Annuals, Summer Flowers

Prized for its multicolor flowers, Tagetes patula ‘Strawberry Blonde’ (French Marigold) is a compact, bushy annual boasting double flowers, up to 2-3 in. across (5-7 cm) that open deep pink with a rustic yellow crest, then mature to a natural straw yellow. Blooming from spring until frost, the showy blossoms generously cover the finely divided aromatic foliage. The flowers and foliage have a spicy fragrance and have been used to deter insects in the garden. Easy to grow and low maintenance, French marigolds are excellent for beds, patio containers, or as edging plants.

  • Vigorously grows up to 8-10 in. tall and wide (20-25 cm).
  • Performs best in full sun in moderately fertile, dry to moist, well-drained soils. Some light afternoon shade is tolerated in hot summer areas. Adaptable to poor soils, heat, humidity, and especially drought.
  • French Marigolds are excellent additions to the landscape as bedding or edging plants at the front of the border or in containers on the deck or patio. Great companion planting for vegetable or herb gardens.
  • No serious pest or disease issues. Keep an eye out for powdery mildew, gray mold or botrytis, leaf spot, root rot, spider mites, and thrips. Deer tend to avoid this plant.
  • Pinching off dead blossoms will promote continuous blooming. Blooming might decrease in the heat of summer but will resume once temperatures cool down.
  • Propagate by seed sown at 70°F (21°C) in spring. Sow seeds outdoors after all danger of frost has passed or indoors 6-8 weeks prior to the last spring frost date.
  • Foliage may aggravate skin allergies. Wear gloves and other protective equipment when handling.
  • Tagetes patula is native to Mexico and Guatemala.

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Requirements

Hardiness 2 - 11
Heat Zones 1 - 12
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A1, A2, A3, H1, H2
Plant Type Annuals
Plant Family Compositae
Genus Tagetes
Common names Marigold, French Marigold
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 8" - 10"
(20cm - 25cm)
Spread 8" - 10"
(20cm - 25cm)
Spacing 6" - 10"
(15cm - 25cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Clay Soil
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Edging, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden
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Requirements

Hardiness 2 - 11
Heat Zones 1 - 12
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A1, A2, A3, H1, H2
Plant Type Annuals
Plant Family Compositae
Genus Tagetes
Common names Marigold, French Marigold
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 8" - 10"
(20cm - 25cm)
Spread 8" - 10"
(20cm - 25cm)
Spacing 6" - 10"
(15cm - 25cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Clay Soil
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Edging, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden
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