Tagetes is a genus of about 50 species of annuals and perennials in the family Asteraceae, native to Central and South America.
They come in various shapes and sizes, from dwarf to tall growing, and have colorful flowers that are solitary or clustered. Available in various shapes and sizes, these flowers can be used in beds and borders or in containers, and will grow just about anywhere. Start your flower gardening this year with these beautiful flowers!
The genus name is a reference to Tages, Etruscan god and grandson of Jupiter, who is considered to be the founding prophet of Etruscan religion.
Tagetes is a symbol of faith and fidelity, passion and creativity.
Interesting facts about Tagetes
Tagetes in India
The plant is very popular in India and commonly cultivated there. It can be found at religious events and various festivals.
Benefits and Uses
Tagetes has been used in medicine for centuries to treat stomach ache, diarrhea, indigestion, liver illnesses and toothache.
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.
Mexican Marigolds (Tagetes erecta, but also Tagetes lemmonii and Tagetes lucida) had sacred status with the Aztecs.
Tagetes Plant Data
Annuals, Perennials, Shrubs
Tagetes comes in shades of yellow, orange and even white.
Spring, Autumn, Summer
These species range in size from 15 to 80 cm (6 inches to 3 ft) tall, rarely until 2 metres (7 ft).
Tagetes grows in almost any soil, but will perform best in moderately fertile, well-drained soil.