Height: 12-18 in. (30-45 cm) 18-24 in. (45-60 cm) 24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
Spacing: 24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
Hardiness: Not Applicable
Sun Exposure: Full Sun Sun to Partial Shade
Danger: Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction
Bloom Color: Pale Yellow
Bloom Time: Late Summer/Early Fall Mid Fall
Other details: May be a noxious weed or invasive Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
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: Non-patented
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
On Sep 5, 2010, scirpidiella from Pińczów Poland (Zone 6b) wrote:
Tagetes minuta grow very good in the garden in Central Europe, but must be sown indoors before last frost and planted outdoors when frost pass. Plants reach over 6 foot high and are very dense but flower very late in autumn and if seeds are required must be protect from frost or cultivate this plants in pots. Leaves have taste which resemble some mint and other Tagetes plants, but not all people likes this aroma. Other plants in this genus which are cultivated as ornamental in Poland (e.g. Tagetes patula) are called in this country "smierdziuszki" (that is to say "the little somethings which unpleasant smell" - it comes from word "smierdziec" - stink).
On Sep 9, 2009, Jubilada from Palo Alto, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:
This plant volunteered in my community garden plot. My gardening neighbor told me it was some kind of nematode eating marigold. It's highly aromatic, and pretty in a kind of feathery way. After checking with the DG Plant ID forum, and getting some feedback and then doing a google on my own, decided it was indeed tagetes minuta. Also known as Mexican Marigold and Mexican Tarragon. Can be used to season food, and makes a hot or cold tea. Don't know what the dietary/health benefits might be. I'll take pictures of the flowers when it blooms, to post here.