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common name: African Marigold, Rose d'Indie
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.
A native of Mexico and the southern USA.