26 Types Of Marigold Plants (Including Photos & Facts)

There are many different types of marigolds available. They come in various colors, shapes, sizes, and prices. Some marigold plants are grown indoors while others grow outdoors.

Marigolds are used in many ways. They are used for decoration, food, medicine, and perfume. They are also used as a natural insect repellent. Marigolds are part of the Aster family. Marigolds are true annual plants that flower once a year.

Marigolds can be planted outside or inside. The best time to plant them is in early spring. You will need to use fertilizer when planting your marigold to get the most healthy-looking flowers as they need regular feeding and many varieties need good quality soil. 

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26 Types Of Marigolds

There are several types of marigold plants that you can choose from. The following is a list of many of them:

1. Dwarf Marigolds

These are small plants with long stems. Their leaves are usually green but they have yellow flowers on them.

Dwarf Marigolds

2. Giant Marigolds

These marigolds are taller than dwarf marigolds. They have larger leaves and bigger flowers.

Giant Marigolds

3. Double Marigolds

These marigolds have a double flower, as the name suggests. Each flower has two petals which give them a full and voluminous appearance.  

Double Marigolds

4. American Marigolds

American Marigolds are one of the most popular flowers in the world. They are native to North America and grow well in many different climates. They are used in landscaping, gardening, and are grown commercially for cut flower production.

American Marigolds

5. French Marigolds

French Marigolds are very large and have long petals. They can be found growing wild in France. The French Marigold is often used to decorate homes during holidays or special occasions. It’s also used to make perfumes and other fragrances.

French Marigolds

6. Globe Marigolds

Globe Marigold plants are a type of marigold that grows in the shape of a globe. They are usually yellow or orange. They are used for decorative purposes and are often planted in gardens. 

Globe Marigolds

7. Japanese Marigolds

Japanese Marigolds are similar to African Marigolds. They are native to Japan and China. They are used as ornamental plants and are also used in medicines. 

8. Mexican Marigolds

Mexican Marigolds are similar to African Marigolds but they have smaller leaves and shorter stems. Mexican Marigolds are native to Mexico and Central America.

Mexican Marigolds

9. Orange Marigolds

Orange Marigolds are small plants with orange-colored blooms. They are easy to grow and do not require much care. Orange Marigolds are native to India and China. They are used as ornamental plants and are also used as a source of food.

Orange Marigolds

10. White Marigolds

White Marigold plants are very common in gardens and landscapes. They are easy to cultivate and grow quickly. White Marigolds are native species from Europe and Asia. They are used for decorative purposes and to repel insects.

White Marigolds

11. Yellow Marigolds

Yellow Marigolds are easy to grow and produce beautiful flowers. They are native to South America. They are widely cultivated throughout the world because of their attractive appearance. Yellow Marigolds are used in landscaping, home décor, and cooking

Yellow Marigolds

12. Oriental Marigolds

The Oriental Marigold is a perennial shrub native to tropical regions of Asia. It has been introduced into other areas including Australia, New Zealand, California, Florida, Hawaii, and Texas.

Oriental Marigolds

It is sometimes called “Indian Marigold” since it was first introduced in the United States by the USDA in 1884. It is now considered part of the genus Tagetes.

13. Signet Marigolds

The signet variety of Marigold has a unique look This makes them stand out against the rest of the Marigold due to the fact that the center of each petal is white. The signet marigold is found mostly in the Mediterranean area. 

Signet Marigolds

14. Spanish Marigolds

The Spanish Marigold is a member of the Compositae family. The marigold plants is native to Spain and Portugal. It is a short-lived perennial plant that grows up to 1 meter high.

15. Tender Marigolds

The tender marigold is a biennial herbaceous plant. It produces white flowers in summer. Tender marigolds are native to Eurasia. They are commonly grown as ornamentals due to their attractive appearance.

16. Zebra Marigold

The zebra marigold is a perennial plant native to Africa. It is named after its striped foliage. It has become a popular garden plant in recent years. Zebra Marigolds have dark green foliage and light pink flowers. They are hardy and easy to grow. 

Zebra Marigold

17. Zulu Marigold

Zulu Marigold plants are a type of marigold. They can be found in many colors like red, purple, blue, and yellow. The Zulu Marigold originated in South Africa. They are known for their long bloom time and large size.

Zulu Marigold

18. Sunflower Marigolds

These are commonly used as a food source for bees and other pollinators. They have been known to attract beneficial insects that can help control pests in your garden. These flowers are easy to grow from seed indoors or outdoors. You can start seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before your last frost date. 

Sunflower Marigolds

19. Zinnia Marigolds

These are great additions to any garden. They come in many different colors including yellow, orange, red, pink, purple, white, and even black.

Zinnias are easy to grow from seeds and can bloom year-round. Start seeds indoors 8 weeks before your last frost. When they reach about 1 inch tall, transplant them outside and keep fertilizing regularly until the blossoms appear.

Zinnia Marigolds

20. Cosmos Marigolds

Cosmos Marigolds are beautiful flowers that look like daisies. They are popular in weddings and funerals. These marigold plants are easy to grow from cuttings and produce a large number of blooms.

Start seeds indoors 4-6 weeks before your last frost and then transplant them outside once they reach about 1 inch high. Keep fertilizing regularly and enjoy!

21. Calendula Marigolds

These are common houseplants and are often used as cut flowers. They have a long history of use in medicine and were originally cultivated for their medicinal properties. They are easy to propagate from seed and grow well in containers.

Calendula Marigolds

22. Asters

Asters are a type of Marigold flower and are a type of perennial flowering plant native to Europe and Asia. They are hardy perennials and can be grown in pots or beds. They are easy to care for and require little maintenance. They are best planted in early spring and fall.


23. Tithonia Flowers

These are another name for Mexican Marigolds. They are a type of annual herbaceous plant native to Mexico and Central America. They are easy to cultivate and make attractive foliage plants. They are best planted around late summer and early fall.

Tithonia Flowers

24. Tulip Marigold

These marigold flowers are white in color, they are about 3 inches tall and they bloom during the summertime. The tulip marigold is a gorgeous flower that can be found in many warm climates on marigold plants. 

Tulip Marigold

25. Rose Marigold

This kind of marigold flower grows up to 6 inches tall. They are a beautiful blush pink in color and they bloom in late spring and early summer. Rose Marigolds are one of the most popular flowers used in wedding bouquets and centerpieces. They come in many different colors and sizes.

Rose Marigold

26. Pot Marigolds

Pot marigolds are also called “French” marigolds because they originated in France. They are easy to maintain and thrive in rich soils. They are also called English Marigolds as well. Though the pot marigold is not a true marigold plant, it is an attractive flower nonetheless. 

Pot Marigolds

Facts About Marigolds

There are hundreds of varieties of marigolds. They are used for food, medicine, and decoration.

Whilst there are many differences between various types of marigolds, below is a list of facts that apply to every type of marigold flower. 

1. Marigolds are beautiful flowers and make a welcome addition to any garden landscape. These lovely little flowers are often referred to as Indian Buttercups as well, as many varieties are yellow in color. 

2. Marigolds have many uses throughout the world. Some people use them for food, especially orange marigolds. . Others use them for medicinal purposes. Many others, of course, use the beautiful flower of the marigold for decorations.

3. Marigolds grow well in many different climates and can survive very dry soil. However, they do not tolerate frost well. 

4. Marigolds Come In Many Colors- They come in red, orange, pink, white, purple, yellow, green, and brown.

5. Marigolds grow well in many types of soil conditions.-They grow well on dry land as well as growing well underwater.

6. Marigolds like liquid fertilizer and they need regular feeding.

7. Marigolds Can Be Grown Indoors

8. You can start seeds indoors 8 weeks before your last frost date.

9. Marigolds Do Not Need Much Water. They are quite receptive to dry land, making them an easy plant to grow in many climates. 

10. Marigolds bloom in spring and in the summer. 

Final Thoughts

We hope you have learned some more about Marigold flowers, and have a good insight into how many wonderful varieties of this flower exist in the world. 

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