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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
description:
Popular tender annual, sharply toothed pinnate leaves and dense orange or yellow flowerheads. Usually available as named varieties.

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

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

usage:
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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