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Tagetes patula is native to Mexico. A low-growing annual flower, it's easy to grow from seed and blooms over a long period. It's grown mainly as a bedding plant at the edge of herbaceous borders but is often grown alongside tomatoes as companion plant, to ward off white fly. Tagetes patula 'Honeycomb' is a dwarf French marigold, bearing double, crested flowers with mahogany-red petals edged with golden yellow. For best results grow in free-draining soil in full sun and feed weekly with a high-potash fertiliser. Deadhead spent blooms to prolong flowering.

Family: Asteraceae

Genus: Tagetes

Cultivar: Mr Majestic

Plant type: Half-hardy annual

Flower colour: Red

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist, Sandy

Hardiness: Half hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 25cm

Spread: 10cm

Time to plant seeds: March to April

Time to plant: May to June

Flowering period: July to September

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