Diglossus variabilis Cass.
Solenotheca tenella Nutt.
Tagetes anisata Lillo
Tagetes congesta Hook. & Arn.
Tagetes dichotoma Turcz.
Tagetes foeniculacea Desf.
Tagetes foeniculacea Poepp. ex DC.
Tagetes fragrantissima Sessé & Moc.
Tagetes multifida DC.
Tagetes pauciloba DC.
Tagetes pseudomicrantha Lillo
Tagetes pusilla Kunth
Tagetes scabra Brandegee
Tagetes silenoides Meyen & Walp.
Common Name: Irish Lace
Irish lace is an erect, annual plant, usually much branched, growing 8 - 50cm tall. The plant has a strong aroma similar to that of anise or liquorice[
The plant is harvested from the wild and used locally as a food flavouring, tea and medicinal herb. It is also used as an insect repellent.
C. America - Mexico to Costa Rica.
Moist, open or brushy, often rocky plains and slopes, common in pine-oak forest, often a weed in cornfields, at elevations from 900 - 2,500 metres[
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Requires a well-drained moderately fertile soil in a sunny position[
]. Grows well in heavy clay soils and in sandy soils[
Grows well with tomatoes.
Removing dead flowers before the seed is formed will extend the flowering season[
Plants are prone to slugs, snails and botrytis[
The plants have an anise-scent and are used as a food flavouring[
]. They make a very pleasant tea[
An infusion of the whole plant is used as a diuretic in home medicines[
Although no specific mention of the following use has been seen for this species, most if not all members of this genus probably have a similar effect to a greater or lesser degree[
Secretions from the roots of growing plants have an insecticidal effect on the soil, effective against nematodes and to some extent against keeled slugs. These secretions are produced about 3 - 4 months after sowing[
]. The growing plant is also said to repel insects and can be grown amongst crops such as potatoes and tomatoes.
Seed - sow in situ, only just covering the seed. Germination usually takes place within 2 weeks.
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