This plant has poison characteristics. See below.
- Common Name(s):
- Edible Plants, Poisonous Plants
Wildlife Value: This plant is seldom damaged by deer.
- Annual herbs, gland-dotted and aromatic; leaves opposite or alternate above, pinnately lobed and appearing divided, the lobes narrow and toothed; flowers in slender heads, yellow and orange or with red.
- Tropical Americas
- Poison Part:
- All parts, mainly roots and flowers
- Poison Delivery Mode:
- Skin redness, burning pain, and blisters when broken skin is in contact with cell sap plus sunlight; nose and eye irritation from aroma of flowers
- ‘Lemon Gem’ and ‘Tangerine Gem’ have the best flavor; remove the bitter, white base of the petal, May be harmful if eaten in large amounts Used in tea, coloring foods, substitute for tarragon.
- Toxic Principle:
- Phototoxic thiophene derivatives
- Skin irritation is minor, or typically only lasting a few minutes
- Found in:
- Houseplant or interiorscape; landscape in flower gardens as tender, herbaceous annual
NCCES plant id: 1178