Family: Asteraceae

Scientific Name: Tagetes patula Harlequin

Common Name: Harlequin Marigold


Harlequin Marigold (Tagetes patula) is an heirloom Marigold that has been in cultivation circa 1870. Has single golden orange flowers with mahogany red striping.

Plant TypeAnnuals, Site author's observations
Sunlightfull, mostly sunny, some shade
Soil & Siteaverage
Temperatureseems to flower better in cooler temperatures
Flowerssingle, golden yellow with mahogany stripes
Fruitwinged achenes
Leaveshas a faint smell to the foliage
Dimensions24-30 inches tall
Maintenancedeadheading, may need to be supported
Propagationeasy from seeds, seeds are long and have a tail
Author's NotesI have grown Marigold several times and discovered that it is a plant that needs support from other plants or stakes. Its main stems tend to break at the base. Despite these issues, it is still a delightful addition to any garden due to its airy nature and heritage status.
Notes & Reference#171- Authors' observations and growing experiences, #270-Gardenia (
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