TAGETES patula 'Dainty Marietta' (French Marigold, Single - Dainty Marietta) is a cultivar of French Marigold known for its single, daisy-like flowers. It is an annual flowering plant that belongs to the Asteraceae family. French Marigold 'Dainty Marietta' is valued for its compact growth habit, charming blooms, and its ability to repel certain garden pests. It is often used in borders, containers, or as a companion plant in vegetable gardens.
French Marigold 'Dainty Marietta' is a compact annual plant that typically grows to a height of about 8 to 10 inches (20 to 25 cm) with a similar spread. It has a bushy growth habit with dark green foliage. The flowers are single, with a daisy-like appearance and come in a mix of colors including shades of yellow, gold, and orange.
This species thrives in full sun and well-drained soil. French Marigold 'Dainty Marietta' is adaptable to various soil types, including sandy or loamy soils. It prefers moderately fertile soil but can tolerate less ideal conditions.
The flowers of French Marigold 'Dainty Marietta' are the main attraction. They have a single row of petals and a contrasting dark center, resembling a daisy. The blooms are relatively small, usually around 2 inches (5 cm) in diameter. They are produced abundantly, covering the plant with a colorful display. The flowers have a mild marigold fragrance.
French Marigold 'Dainty Marietta' typically blooms from early summer until the first frost, providing continuous color throughout the growing season. Deadheading spent flowers can help promote more blooms and prolong the flowering period.
French Marigold 'Dainty Marietta' is often used in borders, flower beds, or containers to add vibrant color and texture. It works well as a low-growing plant at the front of borders or as a filler in mixed plantings. Additionally, marigolds are known for their ability to repel certain garden pests, making them a popular choice for companion planting with vegetables.
French Marigold 'Dainty Marietta', with its single, daisy-like flowers, compact growth habit, and pest-repellent properties, is a charming and versatile choice for adding color and interest to garden spaces. Its ease of cultivation, low-maintenance nature, and ability to attract beneficial insects make it a valuable addition to various garden settings.
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Scientific Name: Tagetes Patula
Common Name: French Marigold – Dainty Marietta
Plant Type: Annual
Native Range: Mexico, Guatemala
Height: 12 to 18 "
Spread: 4 to 8 "
Habitat: Roadsides, Streambanks, Swamps
Exposure: Full Sun
Blooming Season: Early summer, Late summer, Early Fall
Attracts: Butterflies, Bees
Flower Color: Yellow, Maroon
Moisture: Dry, Moderate
Characteristics: Fragrant, Showy
Water Requirement: Low
Soil Type: Moist, Well-drained
Soil pH: 5.6 - 6.5
Advantage: Low maintenance
Uses: Garden, Bonsai, Balcony, Beds, Borders and Terrace garden