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botanical name:
Tagetes patula
Tagetes patula © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  French Marigold, Oeillet d'Inde
synonyms:  Tagetes lunulata
family:  Asteraceae
characteristics: annual/biennial, scented/aromatic
height: 0.30m
width: 0.30m
growth rate: fast
growth habit:
leaf colour: green
flower colour: orange
main season: Summer
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:
Half-hardy annual, compact and bushy habit with deeply cut, toothed, pinnate leaves which are pungently aromatic when bruised. Yellow, orange or red flowerheads. There are many excellent named cultivars.

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.
Used as a food flavouring and colouring. Also used as a medicinal herb and in perfumery.

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