Scientific Name: Tagetes erecta (incl. hybid cvs.) Form: Oval - vertical
Common Name:African marigold Texture:Medium - fine
Family Name:AsteraceaeHabit: Stiffly upright
Plant Type: Annual Mature Size (ht. X w.):0.4 - 0.7m x 0.3 - 0.6m
Origin: Mexico, Central America, Garden origin Hardiness Zone:Zone 9: (-7 to -1 C)
Leaves: Compound, Alternate, Soft flexible, Glabrous, Distinctive smell, Odd-pinnate, Lanceolate, Serrate
Flowers: Head (capitulum), Yellow, Orange, White, May- Jun- Jul- Aug- Sep- Oct
Fruit: Achene, Black, Brown, Oct
Exposure: Full sun
Soil or Media: Well-drained
Landscape Uses: Attract beneficial insects, Bedding plant, Fragrance, Group or mass planting, Summer interest, Attract butterflies
Key ID Features:Glabrous annual plant, 30-50(-120) cm tall, stems angular; leaves pinnately compound, 5-10 cm long with 11-17 leaflets, lanceolate, 1-3 cm long, margins sharply toothed, sparse dark glands on lower surface; heads 5-10 cm wide, rounded, usually double, commonly yellow to orange but red and cream to white bicolour cultivars exist, aromatic when crushed.