what is american Marigold?
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Mowgli is the smallest Marigold yet, but you’d never know it by looking at its bright, abundant double blooms. These golden-yellow petals with a mahogany base radiate beautiful two-tone color in the sunny garden, making a big impact no matter how small the space nor how few plants you group together.
Marigolds (Tagetes spp.), are brightly colored members of the aster/daisy family, one of the largest plant families. While some marigold species are perennials, most of the common types are annuals that die with the first frost. Marigolds are roughly divided into four categories: French marigolds (Tagetes patula), low growing, long lasting flowers that grow to a height of about 1 foot; African marigolds (Tagetes erecta), large-bloomed, tall flowers that reach heights of up to 3 feet; triploid marigolds (Tagetes erecta x Tagetes patula), sterile hybrids derived from African and French marigolds; and signet marigolds (Tagetes tenuifolia), marigolds that have single, daisylike flowers.
Tagetes erecta (aka African marigolds, American marigolds, or Mexican marigolds): This species is the tallest and most upright marigold, reaching 3 to 4 feet in height and producing large, full flowers. They’re native to Mexico and Central America and will thrive even under drought-like conditions.