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.
Harvest leaves and flowers throughout the summer.
Sowing seeds in Spring and Summer. Germination time about 5 - 7 days.
Repels harmful insects
Known to keep nematodes away too.
Especially after or before the cabbage family it is used to condition the soil.
New Mexico, USA, Argentina, Africa
Warm to hot
Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Leaves and flowers are edible, but not a favourite.
It is used to treat coughs, colic and constipation.
Vegetables and herbs benefit from planting them close by!