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Tagetes erecta

Phonetic Spelling
tah-JEE-tees ee-RECK-tah
This plant has low severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

Tagetes erecta is a frequently cultivated tender, herbaceous annual or houseplant. Tall varieties may need staking, and spent flowers should be promptly deadheaded, as flower heads are heavy and can cause stems to snap.  Tolerates clay and dry soil but prefers moist, well-drained soil.  Tolerates full sun but appreciates some light afternoon shade.  Leaves and flowers are fragrant when brushed or crushed.  Pinch young plants to promote bushy growth. 

Triploid F1 hybrids (T. erecta x T. patula) combine the large flowers of the African marigold with the more compact size of the French marigold into vigorous plants featuring 2-3” diameter flowers on stems rising 10-18” tall. These triploids seem unaffected by high summer heat and generally bloom throughout the summer.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: This plant is susceptible to powdery mildew, Botrytis, leaf spot, and rots.  Watch for spider mites or thrips.  

Cultivars:
  • 'Antigua Orange'
  • 'Antigua Primrose'
  • 'Antigua Yellow'
  • 'Atlantis Orange'
  • 'Discovery Yellow'
  • 'Double Eagle'
  • 'Inca Orange'
  • 'Inca Primrose'
  • 'Indian Yellow'
  • 'Maurel Yellow'
  • 'Mesa Gold'
  • 'Safari'
  • 'Safari Tangerine'
  • 'Sweet Cream'
Tags:
#gold#fall#sun#yellow#poisonous#summer#orange#spring#red-brown#fragrant leaves#cpp#long-lasting flowers#deer resistant
Cultivars:
  • 'Antigua Orange'
  • 'Antigua Primrose'
  • 'Antigua Yellow'
  • 'Atlantis Orange'
  • 'Discovery Yellow'
  • 'Double Eagle'
  • 'Inca Orange'
  • 'Inca Primrose'
  • 'Indian Yellow'
  • 'Maurel Yellow'
  • 'Mesa Gold'
  • 'Safari'
  • 'Safari Tangerine'
  • 'Sweet Cream'
Tags:
#gold#fall#sun#yellow#poisonous#summer#orange#spring#red-brown#fragrant leaves#cpp#long-lasting flowers#deer resistant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Tagetes
    Species:
    erecta
    Family:
    Asteraceae
    Life Cycle:
    Annual
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Mexico, Central America
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    This plant is seldom damaged by deer.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 0 in. - 4 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Annual
    Poisonous
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    Less than 12 inches
    12 inches-3 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b, 11a, 11b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Cream/Tan
    Gold/Yellow
    Orange
    Red/Burgundy
    Variegated
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Head
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Petals:
    7 - 20 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    3-6 inches
    Flower Description:
    Yellow, orange, mahogany, bronze, creamy white and bicolor; double solitary 2-6 in. flowers blooming on slender heads
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Rough
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Opposite
    Leaf Margin:
    Lobed
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    gland-dotted and aromatic; leaves opposite or alternate above, pinnately lobed and appearing divided, the lobes narrow and toothed
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Heat
  • Poison:
    Poison Severity:
    Low
    Poison Symptoms:
    Skin redness, burning pain, and blisters when broken skin is in contact with cell sap plus sunlight; nose and eye irritation from the aroma of flowers
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Phototoxic thiophene derivatives
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    Yes
    Poison Part:
    Flowers
    Roots