This species is treated as no more than a synonym of Tagetes erecta in the Flora of North America[
Common Name: Lemon Marigold
Lemon marigold is an annual plant growing up to 80cm tall.
The plant is harvested from the wild for its edible leaves. It can be grown as a companion plant in gardens and is often grown as an ornamental in gardens around the world[
C. and S. America - Mexico to Guatemala.
Grows in the pine-oak forest zone[
]. A garden escape in the USA where it grows along the sides of roads[
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Requires a well-drained moderately fertile soil in a sunny position[
]. Grows well in heavy clay soils and in sandy soils[
There are some named forms[
The bruised foliage is perhaps more refreshingly aromatic than any other plant[
]. The lemon verbena-like smell remaining on the fingers for an hour or more after touching the plant[
Removing dead flowers before the seed is formed will extend the flowering season[
Plants are prone to slugs, snails and botrytis[
Grows well with tomatoes[
The flowers of some cultivars have a pleasant citrus-like flavour and can be used sparingly as a flavouring in salads, sandwiches, wines etc or used as a garnish[
Secretions from the roots of growing plants have an insecticidal effect on the soil, effective against nematodes and to some extent against keeled slugs, they also have an effect against some persistent weeds such as couch grass[[
]. The plant also has an effect on asparagus beetle and bean weevils. These secretions are produced about 3 - 4 months after sowing.
A yellow dye is obtained from the flowers[
Seed - sow in situ, only just covering the seed. Germination usually takes place within 2 weeks.
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