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botanical name:
Tagetes tenuifolia 'Starfire Mixed'
Tagetes tenuifolia 'Starfire Mixed' © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Signet Marigold
synonyms:  Tagetes signata 'Tangerine Gem', Tagetes tenuifolia 'Carina'
family:  Asteraceae
characteristics: annual/biennial, scented/aromatic
height: 0.25m
width: 0.20m
growth rate: fast
growth habit: bushy
leaf colour: green
flower colour: orange
main season: Summer
edible symbol edible
aspect: full sun
conditions: dry soil, moist soil, clay soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: 0°C
USDA zone: 7 to 11
Half-hardy annual. Compact, fairly dwarf habit and ferny, finely-cut, aromatic leaves with a citrus scent. Freely produces small flowers in a range of colours, yellow, orange and reds, including bicolours.

Needs full sun and moderately fertile well drained soil. Will grow in both clay and sandy soils. Reasonably drought tolerant.
Deadhead regularly to prolong flowering.

From seed which usually germinates within 2 weeks. Sow in from February to April, under cover. Transplant after risk of frost.

Bedding and containers.
Supposed to repel insects and used in companion planting with vegetable crops such as potatoes and tomatoes.
Used as a food flavouring.

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