The Marigold with Many Names

Get ready to be dazzled by the Tagetes erecta, a plant so versatile it goes by a dozen different names! Whether you know it as the African Marigold, French Marigold, or even the Aztec Marigold, this plant is a showstopper in any garden.

Tagetes erecta

Partial To Full Sun

Can handle a mix of direct and bright light throughout the day.

Very Low Water Needs

Thrives in dry conditions (once every two weeks), rarely needs watering.

Highly Adaptable to Various Soils

Thrives in clay, silt loam, or sand, showing great adaptability.

Highly Adaptable Soil pH

Suitable for all pH environments, from acidic to alkaline.

Moderate Human Safety Concerns

This plant may cause irritation or mild reactions.

Safe for Pets

No known safety risks to pets and livestock.


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About Tagetes erecta

Standing at a height between 1-4 feet and spreading out to about 1-2 feet, this seasonal beauty is a sight to behold. Its lime-colored leaves give off a sweet smell that's sure to delight your senses. But the real show starts when it blooms. Its flowers, which can be off-white, canary, apricot, maroon, striped, or ivory, are not only sweet-smelling but also have an extended blooming period. They're so striking that they're sure to attract colorful butterflies and hovering birds.

Did you know that the Tagetes erecta is also known as the 'Saffron Marigold'? Despite the name, it's not related to the saffron you use in your kitchen, but it's just as colorful!

Also known as

African Or French Marigold
African marigold
American marigold
Aztec marigold
Big marigold
French Marigold
Mexican Marigold
Saffron marigold
Tall Marigold

Our design recommendations

The Tagetes erecta is perfect for edge and base planting, and it's even more stunning when planted in groups. It can also serve as a showpiece in your garden, thanks to its height and striking flowers. This plant is versatile enough to thrive in planters and overhead planters, making it a great choice for gardens of all sizes.