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  Tagetes erecta
  Family Name : Asteraceae (Compositae)

  Common Names : African Marigold, Aztec Marigold

African Marigold,Aztec Marigold
  • Record Info
  • Life Stage & Characteristics
    • Plant Division :
      Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Dicotyledon)
      Plant Growth Form :
      Lifespan (in Singapore) :
      Mode of Nutrition :
  • Biogeography
    • Native Distribution :
      Mexico and Central America
      Native Habitat :
      Preferred Climate Zone :
      Local Conservation Status :
  • Description & Ethnobotany
    • Plant Morphology :
      Growth Form: An annual which grows upright with a height of 30 to 150 cm and spreads to about 30 cm across. The leaves and flowers are aromatic when crushed.
      Foliage: Leaves are dark green and pinnate. Crushed leaves produce a mild fragrance. 
      Cultivation :
      Prefers moist and well-drained soil although can tolerate clay and dry soils. Tolerant to full sun but appreciate slight afternoon shade. Pinch young plants to promote bushier growth. 
      Etymology :
      The genus Tagetes is named after Tages, the Etruscan god of the underworld and grandson of Jupiter.
      The specific epithet erecta means upright, erect, which refers to the growing habit of the plant. 
      Ethnobotanical Uses :
  • Landscaping Features
    • Desirable Plant Features :
      Ornamental Flowers
      Plant & Rootzone Preference/Tolerance :
      Moist Soils, Well-Drained Soils
      Landscape Uses :
      General, Small Gardens, Flowerbed / Border, Container Planting
      Thematic Landscaping :
      Golden Garden
  • Fauna, Pollination & Dispersal
    • Associated Fauna :
      Bird-Attracting (Flowers), Butterfly Food Plant (Flower Nectar)
      Pollination Method(s) :
      Biotic (Fauna)
      Seed / Spore Dispersal :
  • Plant Care & Propagation
    • Light Preference :
      Full Sun
      Water Preference :
      Moderate Water
      Pruning :
      Prune the spent flowers as spent flowerheads are heavy and can cause the stems to snap. Pinch younger shoots to promote bushy growth. 
      Potential Problems :
      Spider mites or thrips. 
      Diseases :
      Leaf spot and powdery mildew. 
      Pest(s) :
      Sucking Insects
      Propagation Method :
  • Foliar
    • Foliage Retention :
      Mature Foliage Colour(s) :
      Foliar Shape(s) :
      Non-Palm Foliage
      Foliar Venation :
      Pinnate / Net
  • Floral (Angiosperm)
    • Flower Colour(s) :
      Yellow / Golden
      FlowerTexture(s) :
      Flower Grouping :
      Cluster / Inflorescence
      Inflorescence Type :
      Head / Capitulum
      Flowering Period :

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