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"African marigold is a common garden plant with bright orange or red flowers. Its use in decorative and ceremonial gardens dates back to ancient Aztec civilizations. Not only does african marigold add bright colors, but it is also known to repel insects, rabbits, and deer thanks to its toxic latex.

Tips from Garden Coaches

African marigold is excellent ornamental annual with great adaptability. It can be planted in courtyards, and it takes little effort to care for.
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Attract Birds

African marigold is a beautiful flower that surprisingly doesn't attract many birds. The fluffy yellow and orange petals may initially excite the curiosity of hummingbirds. However, these blooms produce little nectar. Slugs tend to eat these flowers, so thrushes that eat slugs may frequent them. Crows and blackbirds like to destroy their petals. African marigold seeds stay viable under the petals all season. Once the petals die, the seeds fall off. Therefore, crows help speed up the seed dispersal. Hanging shiny ribbons can help deter crows from destroying your plants.
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I love with a passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints, I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life! and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.
— Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Name Story

Aztec marigold
This plant was treated as a sacred being by the Aztec people and it was used to decorate temples. Sadly, it also witnessed the history of the Aztec people being slaughtered. Hence, it was called Aztec marigold in memory of the innocent Aztec people that were killed.
Marigold
Mexicans use it to decorate the graves of their deceased loved ones, so it's also called the flower of the dead.

Interesting Facts

About 500 years ago, a Spanish officer went to Mexico and stumbled across a marigold flower in the countryside. He thought they were cute, so he took the seeds back to Europe for cultivation. It was very popular for its beautiful golden flowers, and it was used for the worship of the Virgin Mary.

Uses

Environmental Protection Value
It can purify air and has strong resistance to and absorption of hydrogen fluoride, sulfur dioxide and other gases.

Uses
Garden Use
African marigold is a herbaceous annual commonly found in gardens. It is prized for its large, attractive, orange and bronze-colored blooms in a unique pom-pom form. Its height and shape make it suitable for edging or bedding. African marigold is good for Pollinator gardens. Suggested companion plants include blue Cardinal Flowers or Purple Fountain Grass to make a strong color contrast.


Symbolism

spirituality, honoring the dead, health, love, grief, mourning

Characteristics

Plant Type
Herb

Lifespan
Annual

Bloom Time
Summer, autumn

Plant Height
20 cm to 1.5 m
Spread
10 cm to 60 cm
Flower Size
5 cm to 10 cm
Habitat
Pine-oak forest zone, garden
Flower Color
YellowRedOrangeGold
Leaf Color
Green
Stem Color
Green

Conditions Requirement


Difficulty Rating
African marigold is super easy to take care of, with resistance to almost all pests and diseases. It is a perfect option for gardeners with brown thumbs.


Sunlight
Full sun to partial sun

Care Guide


Water
The african marigold should be watered regularly during the summer growing season so the soil is kept moderately moist, but not soggy or wet. Overwatering will damage the floral blooms and cause them to drop off. This plant should be grown in well-draining soil and is considered to have average watering needs compared to other flowering species.


Fertilization
Fertilization once a month during the growing season.


Pruning
Trim the diseased, withered leaves once a month.


Planting Time
Spring, Summer, Autumn


Propagation
Sowing, Cutting


Potting Suggestions
When seedlings grow 2-3 leaves, they can be transplanted into pots."

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