Tagetes erecta, Tagetes patula, Tagetes patula x erecta
There are two types of Marigolds that are well known and widely cultivated, which are French and African. There are two additional types and they are Anemone and Singles.
African Marigolds are the larger of the two, Tagetes erecta have larger yellow to orange flowers than can measure as large as 5 inches across with a plant height of 10 to 36 inches tall. They are sometimes called American Marigolds as well. They are sturdy and are fantastic in beds, borders.
French Marigolds are bushier and display smaller blooms that typically grow up to 2 inches across, 8-12 inches tall and come in a wider selection of colors,yellow, reds, oranges. They are spectacular in beds and containers.
Marigolds Naturally Repel Mosquitoes
As well as helping out with your local bee population , mosquitoes do not like the smell or aroma from a Marigold, you can be assured that be planting marigolds in your yard and close to where you will be that they will not be buzzing around you as normal. Bees are relatively fragile when it comes to pesticide exposure. If you're helping out bees, you should feel good about it. They play a crucial role in the ecosystem. They are so important that biologists often refer to them as a keystone species. So by helping them out, you can feel like you're doing the planet a favor.
Tagetes is a genus of annual or perennial, mostly herbaceous plants in the sunflower family. Is mostly native to North and South America however some species have become naturalized around the world. Marigolds are beautiful, strong smelling flowers that have some natural ememies, like slugs and snails. Marigolds will stay in bloom up to the the first frost- then they are done.