TAGETES erecta

Marigold, African Marigold



Height: 1-2' (30-60cm)
Flowering Time: Summer
Flower Colour: Yellow, orange

Botanical Classification:


Angiospermae (Angiosperms)
Subclass: Dicotyledonae (Dicotyledons)
Superorder: Asteridae (Daisy Superorder)
Order: Asterales (Daisy Order)
Family: Asteraceae (Daisy Family)
Genus: Tagetes (Marigold)
Species: erecta (upright)
Tagetes erecta

Tagetes erecta is a popular plant for summer bedding schemes, particularly by local authorities. It is a tough plant, growing to a height of a foot or two, depending on the variety, with a neat bushy habit. In summer, it produces large rounded tight layered flowerheads in shades of yellows and oranges. Its main drawback is its rather strong smell, which many people find unpleasant.


Harvesting and Growing from Seed:


(9 days)

Seed Pod There is no seed pod. The seeds are held together in a dense upright bundle, which
often splits at the sides.

Seed The seeds are long, thin, black woody sticks with a straw coloured end. There are many
seeds in each seedhead.

Seedling The seedleaves are long and thin. The first true leaves are deeply lobed.

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