Marigold

Tagetes erecta

African Marigold, Gousblom (Afr.)

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African Marigolds are popular low-growing border plants with bright yellow, orange or bronze flowers and a distinctive, slightly pungent scent. As well as bedding plants, they can be used for medicinal purposes, as a soil conditioner or as an insect repellant, so they are a popular companion plant in vegetable beds.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer, Autumn

Fruiting time

Autumn

Harvesting

Harvest leaves and flowers throughout the summer.

Propagation

Seed

Sowing seeds in Spring and Summer. Germination time about 5 - 7 days.

Special features

Repels harmful insects

Known to keep nematodes away too.

Crop rotation

Especially after or before the cabbage family it is used to condition the soil.

Attractive flowers

Special features

Origin

New Mexico, USA, Argentina, Africa

Natural climate

Warm to hot

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Clay, Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Acid, Neutral, Alkaline

Frost hardiness

Tender

Uses

Edible

Leaves and flowers are edible, but not a favourite.

Medicinal

It is used to treat coughs, colic and constipation.

Personality

Family

Asteraceae

Flower colour

Yellow, Orange

Scent

Strong

Related Problems

Companion plants

Vegetables and herbs benefit from planting them close by!
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