The flower is an annual, growing to 0.5 m by 0.3 m. The flowers are hermaphrodite [having both male and female organs] and are pollinated by insects. They are noted for attracting wildlife. The leaves of the marigold have oily glands that produce a pungent scent. Used mainly as an edging plant on herbaceous borders, it is a low growing plant with flowers of blended red and yellow in most varieties. French Marigolds are commonly planted in butterfly gardens as a nectar source.
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