TAGETES patula 'Sparky Mix' (French Marigold - Sparky Mix) is a popular annual flowering plant known for its vibrant and colorful blooms. It belongs to the Asteraceae family and is highly valued for its compact growth habit, abundance of flowers, and its ability to repel certain garden pests. French Marigold 'Sparky Mix' is often used in garden borders, containers, or as a companion plant in vegetable gardens.
French Marigold 'Sparky Mix' is a compact annual plant that typically grows to a height of about 6 to 12 inches (15 to 30 cm) with a spread of 6 to 8 inches (15 to 20 cm). It has a bushy growth habit with dark green foliage. The flowers are double or semi-double and come in a mix of vibrant colors including shades of orange, yellow, and red.
This species thrives in full sun and well-drained soil. French Marigold 'Sparky Mix' 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 'Sparky Mix' are the main attraction. They have a daisy-like appearance with multiple layers of petals. The blooms are relatively small, usually around 2 inches (5 cm) in diameter, but they are produced in abundance, covering the plant with a colorful display. The flowers have a distinctive marigold fragrance.
French Marigold 'Sparky Mix' 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 'Sparky Mix' is often used in garden 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 'Sparky Mix', with its compact growth habit, vibrant blooms, and pest-repellent properties, is a versatile and popular 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 – Sparky Mix
Plant Type: Annual
Native Range: Mexico, North America
Spread: 6 to 9 "
Exposure: Full Sun
Blooming Season: Spring, Summer, Autumn
Attracts: Pollinators, Hummingbirds, Bees, Butterflies
Resistant: Drought, Deer
Flower Color: Mixed, Red, Orange, Gold
Characteristics: Cut flowers, Showy, Fragrant
Moisture: Dry, Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Soil Type: Moist but well-drained
Soil pH: Acidic (5.6 to 6.0), Mildly acidic (6.1 to 6.5)
Advantage: Easy to grow, Low maintenance
Uses: Cover crop for weed suppression, Vegetable gardens, Borders, Patio and containers