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botanical name:
Tagetes erecta
Tagetes erecta © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  African Marigold, Rose d'Indie
family:  Asteraceae
characteristics: annual/biennial
height: 0.45m
width: 0.45m
growth rate: fast
growth habit: bushy
leaf colour: green
flower colour: golden
main season: Summer
edible symbol edible
medicinal symbol medicinal
aspect: full sun
conditions: dry soil, moist soil, clay soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: 0°C
USDA zone: 9 to 11
Popular tender annual, sharply toothed pinnate leaves and dense orange or yellow flowerheads. Usually available as named varieties.

Needs full sun and moderately fertile well drained soil. Will grow in both clay and sandy soils.

From seed which usually germinates within 2 weeks. Sow in March in a greenhouse.

Supposed to repel insects and used in companion planting with vegetable crops such as potatoes and tomatoes.
The flower petals are edible and the plant is also sometimes used as a medicinal herb.

other notes:
A native of Mexico and the southern USA.
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