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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
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.

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

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

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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