One of the sunny faces of the summer garden. African Marigold plant, Tagetes erecta, has large orange flowers, whose fragrance is one of the defining scents of summer. Flowers are a source of yellow dye. Excellent as a source of cut flowers. African Marigold plant is native to east Africa and is adaptable to most soils in an open, sunny position, Drought and frost resistant. A perennial plant, growing to 0.6m x 0.5m.