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Tagetes patula

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
tah-JEE-tees PAT-yoo-luh
This plant has low severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

Bushy habit, deadheading, tolerates clay and dry soils but prefers moist, well-drained soil.  Appreciates some light, afternoon shade.  Blooms from June until the first frost.  High summer temperatures may slow blooms but they will return as temperatures drop.  Pinch plants to promote bushy growth. Deadhead flowers imediately.  Great for beds, containers, or as an edging plant.

Wildlife Value: This plant is seldom damaged by deer.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: This plant is suseptible to powdery mildew, Botrytis, leaf spot, and rots.  Spider mites and thrips may also be a problem. 

Cultivars:
  • 'Alumia vanilla cream'
  • 'Aurora orange'
  • 'Bolero'
  • 'Bonanza deep orange'
  • 'Bonita mixed'
  • 'Brocade Mix'
  • 'Golden Boy'
  • 'Ground Control'
Tags:
#fragrant#hummingbirds#butterflies#showy flowers#annual#summer annual#container plant#wildlife plant#fragrant leaves#cpp#edging#deer resistant
Cultivars:
  • 'Alumia vanilla cream'
  • 'Aurora orange'
  • 'Bolero'
  • 'Bonanza deep orange'
  • 'Bonita mixed'
  • 'Brocade Mix'
  • 'Golden Boy'
  • 'Ground Control'
Tags:
#fragrant#hummingbirds#butterflies#showy flowers#annual#summer annual#container plant#wildlife plant#fragrant leaves#cpp#edging#deer resistant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Tagetes
    Species:
    patula
    Family:
    Asteraceae
    Uses (Ethnobotany):
    Houseplant or interiorscape; landscape in flower gardens as tender, herbaceous annual.
    Life Cycle:
    Annual
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Mexico, Guatamala
    Wildlife Value:
    Deer Resistant
    Edibility:
    Edible
    Dimensions:
    Height: 0 ft. 6 in. - 1 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 0 ft. 6 in. - 0 ft. 9 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Annual
    Poisonous
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • 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 Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    Less than 12 inches
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Gold/Yellow
    Orange
    Red/Burgundy
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Edible
    Fragrant
    Long Bloom Season
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Description:
    Flowers are singles, doubles or crested flowers (1-2" in diameter). They have slender heads, yellow and orange or with red (bi-color).
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Compound (Pinnately , Bipinnately, Palmately)
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Opposite
    Hairs Present:
    No
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Houseplants
    Patio
    Pool/Hardscape
    Recreational Play Area
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Children's Garden
    Cutting Garden
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Edible Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Border
    Mass Planting
    Small groups
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Hummingbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Problems:
    Contact Dermatitis
  • 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 aroma of flowers.
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Phototoxic thiophene derivatives
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    Yes
    Poison Part:
    Flowers
    Leaves
    Roots