Tagetes (Marigold)

Tagetes is a genus of about 50 species in the family Asteraceae, native to Central and South America. Consisted of both annuals and perennials, these hardy plants will grow just about anywhere.

Name meaning:

The name “Tagetes” is derived from that of Etruscan "Tages", an Etruscan god, grandson or son of Jupiter, who is considered to be the founding prophet of Etruscan religion.

Tagetes symbolism:

Tagetes is a symbol of faith and fidelity, passion and creativity.

Interesting facts about Tagetes:

Some species of Tagetes can be used in food flavourings or in tobacco, and can have oil extracted from them.
Tagetes essential oil, usually extracted from the southern marigold (Tagetes Minuta), has anti-cancer, antibacterial, antibiotic, antiparasitic and anti-inflammatory powers. It can also be used to heal cuts and wounds and to provide respiratory and stress relief.

In India, Tagetes species can be found at religious events and various festivals.

Plant Type:

Annuals, Perennials, Shrubs


Tagetes come in shades of yellow, orange and even white.

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