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Dwarf French Marigold
Tagetes patula

Dwarf Marigold 'Little Devil Bicolor'
Dwarf Marigold 'Little Devil Bicolor'
Popular easily grown bedding annual flowering freely all summer. Smaller individual flowers than the African marigolds but more of them. 
Full sun in moist well-drained soil 

Large number of cultivars to choose from. Some include:

'Aurora Red' 10-14 inches tall, mahogany flowers

'Aurora Yellow Fire' 10-14 inches tall, yellow flowers with red bases

'Bonanza Bolero' 6-12 inches tall, double gold flowers with splashes of red

'Safari Queen' 10-14 inches tall, scarlet flowers

'Hero Orange' 6-12 inches tall, orange flowers

Mature Height
6-12 Inches
Annual Hardiness Type
Half-Hardy Annual
Bloom Color
Bloom Season
May - October
Soil Conditions
Moist, Well-Drained
Exposure/Light Requirements
Full Sun
Pests and Problems

Environmental Damage

Fungal Disease

Insect Relative Damage

Phytoplasma Disease

Additional pests and problems that may affect this plant:

Mites, leaf hoppers, botrytis, pythium root rot, aster yellows
Additional Notes
Good border and edging annual. Good in containers. Keep deadheaded for continuous bloom. Attracts butterflies.


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