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PlantFiles: Signet Marigold, Dwarf Marigold
Tagetes tenuifolia

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Tagetes (TAG-e-teez) (Info)
Species: tenuifolia (ten-yoo-ih-FOH-lee-uh) (Info)

Synonym:Tagetes signata

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
Gold (Yellow-Orange)
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Blooms all year

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive groovytee On Aug 13, 2003, groovytee from Washington, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

I just found out the names of what my mom had given me to grow. I love these marigolds for the way they are bushy and full. And they have so many blooms!

Positive lupinelover On Jan 27, 2003, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

Signet marigolds are actually, not just edible, but delicious additions to salads and summer drinks, especially 'Lemon Gem'.

Positive poppysue On Jan 22, 2003, poppysue from Westbrook, ME (Zone 5a) wrote:

I'm not all that fond of marigolds but this one is a favorite. It has tiny 1/2-inch blooms and gorgeous, lacy foliage. The plants make full, 12-inch mounds and add color all season long to the garden. It's also great for planting in containers, providing you keep them watered well.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Lake Charles, Louisiana
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Washington, Pennsylvania

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