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Scientific Name: Tagetes erecta
Pronunciation: tuh-JEE-teez ih-RECK-tuh
Common Name: African marigold
Family Name: Asteraceae
Plant Type: Annual
Key ID Features: Stems hairless, angular; leaves pinnately compound; heads large, rounded, usually double and yellow to orange, 5-10 cm wide, aromatic when crushed.
Course(s): HORT 1193/1293

Habit: Stiffly upright
Form: Oval - vertical
Texture: Medium - fine
Mature Size:
Height:0.4 - 0.7m
Spread:0.3 - 0.6m
Growth Rate:Fast
Origin: Mexico
Hardiness Rating: Zone 9: (-7 to -1 C)
Exposure: Full sun
Soil/ Growing Medium: Well-drained
Water Use: Moderate
Landscape Uses: Attract beneficial insects, Attract butterflies, Bedding plant, Fragrance, Group or mass planting, Summer interest
Additional Info: Google. May hybridize with French marigold.
African marigold
Leaf Morphology: Glossary
Form: Compound
Arrangement: Alternate
Texture/ Venation: Soft flexible
Surfaces: Glabrous
Compound Leaf: Odd-pinnate
Colour in Fall: Green
Leaf(let) Terms:
Shapes: Lanceolate
Apices: Cuspidate
Bases: Attenuate
Margins: Serrate

Inflorescence Type: Head (capitulum)
Flower Morphology:Flowers perfect
Corolla Shape:Ligulate
Ovary Position:Inferior
Colour (petals): Showy, Yellow, Orange
Flower Scent: Fragrant
Flower Time at Peak: May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct

Fruit Type: Achene
Fruit Colour: Black, Brown
Fruiting Time: Oct
Additional Info: Fruit insignificant
Bark or Stem Colour: Green

Propagation: Seed
Plant Care:
Pest Susceptibility: Blight or needle cast, ( Pest resistant, Disease resistant, Rabbit resistant )
(BED) BEDding, container, or basket
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