African Marigold

Scientific Name:  Tagetes erecta

Light: Full Sun

Zone: 2 to 11; grown as an annual

Height:  1 to 4 feet

Width:  2 or 3 feet

Flowers: June to frost; Yellow, orange, and whitish

Fruit/Seed: seeds

Fall Color:

Butterflies:  attracts


Hummingbird:  attracts

Deer Resistant:  yes


Native:  No

Idea Garden:

Propagation:  For transplants, sow in mid-April for transplanting after Mother’s Day in Carroll County or direct seed after Mother’s Day.  Lightly cover the seed.   Seeds will germinate in 4 to 7 days at 75 to 80 F.


Some of the toughest most abundant flowering plants you can grow. They benefit from pinching when they are 6 inches tall.

Harvest when flowers are half-open & strip off most of the foliage.  Flowers last 7 to 10 days in a vase with floral preservative.


African Marigold – Missouri Botanical Garden

Specialty Cut Flowers by Armitage & Laushman

The Flower Farmer by Lynn Byczynski

Cut Flower Garden by Erin Benzakein

Recommended for Wildlife by

Some Favorite Nectar Plants – Washington Area Butterfly Club

Butterfly Gardening in the DC Area – Washington Butterfly Club

Photos by


Additional information


Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8





Flower Color

Orange, White, Yellow

Flower Season

Fall, Summer

Fruit Season

Fall, Summer

Wildlife Value

Beneficial Insects, Deer Resistant, Food for Birds, Hummingbird, Nectar

Local Availability

Available, Widely Available

Notable Features

Containers, Cut Flowers, Long Blooming


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