Plants and Flowers of India French Marigold Tagetes Patula

The French marigold (Tagetes patula) is an annual plant. It is native to Mexico and Guatemala (Guatemala -distinguished by its steep volcanoes). In tropical climates it blooms from July to October. In hindi it is called as Genda, in Marathi it is called as Jhenduphool, in Konkani it is called as Gondephool. They are easy to grow. It grows well in heavy clay soils and in sandy soils. The flowers are blended red and yellow. To give yolks the golden color these flowers are added to the poultry feed. It is also used in the production of Dyes,  Insecticides and Repellents. It is used in producing essential oil, and is blended with sandalwood oil to produce ‘attar genda’ perfume. Flowering decreases in the heat of the summer, but will resume in cooler weather. French marigold (Tagetes patula) is planted in butterfly gardens to attract butterflies as it is a good source of nectar.
French marigold (Tagetes patula)
See also
International Research Journal of Pharmacy, NCBI, Research Gate
Summary
Pronunciation: tuh-JEE-teez puh-TOOL-luh
Sun Exposure: Full Sun
Max Height: 24 Inches
Drought-tolerant: No
Propagation Methods: Seeds
Bloom Color :  Yellow, Orange, Red and bicolor
Foliage: Green
Duration: Annual
Flowering Season: June to October – November
Invasive potential: Not Invasive
Pests and Diseases: Botrytis blight
Plant Character: Showy, Fragrant,
USDA Hardiness Zone: 2 to 11
Uses: Beds, Edgings, Containers in some countries it is extensively used in festivals, and in making garlands
Maintenance: Low
Medicinal: Yes
Attraction: Hummingbirds, Butterflies
Soil: Well drained but moist.
Soil pH: Acid, Neutral, Alkaline pH range 6.0 to 8.0

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