Marigold ‘French Dwarf Double’
Synonyms of Tagetes erecta (7) (Updated on 2-24-21): Tagetes corymbosa Sweet, Tagetes elongata Willd., Tagetes heterocarpha Rydb., Tagetes major Gaertn., Tagetes patula L., Tagetes remotiflora Kunze, Tagetes tenuifolia Kunth
Tagetes erecta L. is the correct and accepted scientific name for this species of Marigold. The genus and species were named and described as such by Carl von Linnaeus in the second volume of the first edition of Species Plantarum in 1753.
Plants of the World Online by Kew lists 48 species in the Tagetes genus (as of 2-24-21 when I last updated this page). It is a member of the plant family Asteraceae with 1,679 genera. Those numbers should change as updates are made (and likely will).
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I bought a package of Marigold ‘French Dwarf Double’ from the Dollar general store in Leland, Mississippi in the spring of 2011. This is the year I planted the ‘French Dwarf Double’ and ‘Petite’.
Not only that, but the plants seemed to grow larger, taller, than what they were supposed to. The Marigold ‘French Dwarf Double’ were supposed to grow to a height of only 12”.
I started the seeds in the sunroom then transplanted them here and there in the backyard. I transplanted the Marigold ‘Petite’ along the front of the border and the ‘French Dwarf Double” behind them. The ‘Petite’ were supposed to grow to only around 8″ tall… That did not happen. They grew to the same height as the ‘French Dwarf Double.’
There was a wide variety of colors…
Previously, French types were considered Tagetes patula, but now they have found their way to the genus Tagetes erecta. Many scientific names have changed over the past several years, and some of the changes have been surprising. Previously, the taller Marigolds were Tagetes erecta while the shorter, bushier types were Tagetes patula… I am not a botanist, so I just go with the flow…
My experience with the Marigold ‘French Dwarf Double’ was a good one. They did very well right up until frost in December. I didn’t save any seed because I decided I would focus on the Brocade series.
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PLANTS OF THE WORLD ONLINE (GENUS/SPECIES)
WIKIPEDIA (GENUS/T. erecta/T. patula)
NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY