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botanical name:
Tagetes patula nana 'Red Brocade'
Tagetes patula nana 'Red Brocade' © Deeproot Plant Base    view larger image
common name:  French Marigold
family:  Asteraceae
characteristics: annual/biennial, scented/aromatic
height: 0.20m
width: 0.30m
growth rate: fast
growth habit: bushy
leaf colour: green
flower colour: red
main season: Summer
aspect: full sun
conditions: dry soil, moist soil, clay soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: 0°C
USDA zone: 9 to 11
description:
Dwarf, compact, half-hardy annual with well branched stems of finely divided foliage. Very free flowering all summer, double, dark red flowerheads with yellow centres.

cultivation:
Needs full sun and moderately fertile well drained soil. Will grow in both clay and sandy soils.

propagation:
From seed which usually germinates within 2 weeks. Sow in March in a greenhouse.

usage:
Bedding, border edges and containers.

Supposed to repel insects and used in companion planting with vegetable crops such as potatoes and tomatoes.


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