Saturday, February 20, 2010

The French Marigold

The French Marigold Tagetes patula is a favourite of butterflies. The plant flowers profusely . It is well suited for planting in the edge of a border as it is short.

The flowers are in colours ranging from yellow to a rich bronze.
The French marigold, like its cousin tne African marigold, is prized by farmers because it is a pest repellant. Planting a row of it near your vegetable patch will deter the white flies.
A tea is made from its leaves , which is thought to be refreshing.


  1. Oh wow so pretty! Love this bed of marigolds in your pic very much. The flowers look really attractive.

    This is the first time I learnt that tea can be made from its leaves. Thanks for the info.

  2. Must plant some more seeds soon. Thanks for the reminder. I love Marigolds

  3. Followed you from gardentropics. Both sides are beautiful. Would you help me identify some flowers and trees too?

  4. How lovely. I am just starting to enjoy marigolds, having found some newer varieties last summer. They were never my favorites, but now I know why they are usually planted by veggies! I'll keep that in mind this summer;-) I actually put a couple in some tomato pots last summer, but didn't realize they had the effect on insects that they do!

  5. Followed you from gardentropics. I would like to add that planting marigold discourages growth of parthenium- the weed we have in abundance around these parts

  6. Thanks for all your comments, friends. Rao, it is good to know about some plant that can discourag parthenium!