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.


7 comments:

  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.

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

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

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  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!

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  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

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

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