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Tagetes micrantha - Cav.
                 
Common Name licorice marigold
Family Asteraceae or Compositae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards We have no information on this species, though other members of the genus have an irritant sap that can cause dermatitis in sensitive people[238].
Habitats Not known
Range Southern N. America - Mexico. An occasional casual in Britain[17].
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun

Summary

Tagetes micrantha licorice marigold


Tagetes micrantha licorice marigold
   
Physical Characteristics
 
Tagetes micrantha is a ANNUAL.
It is frost tender. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects.Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

Synonyms
Tagetes fragrantissima Sessé & Moc.

Habitats
 Cultivated Beds;
Edible Uses
None known
Medicinal Uses
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The plant is used as a remedy for stomach complaints, colds and fevers[257].
Other Uses
Many members of this genus are widely used in companion planting schemes[238]. Secretions from the roots of growing plants have an insecticidal effect on the soil, effective against nematodes and to some extent against keeled slugs. These secretions are produced about 3 - 4 months after sowing[200]. These root secretions also have a herbicidal effect, inhibiting the growth of certain plants growing nearby. It has been found effective against perennial weeds such as Ranunculus ficaria (Celandine), Aegopodium podagraria Ground elder), Glechoma hederacea (Ground ivy), Agropyron repens (Couch grass) and Convolvulus arvensis (Field bindweed)[200, 238]. An essential oil distilled from the leaves and flowering stems, harvested when the plant is forming seeds, is used as an insect repellent[46, 61]. It is also used in perfumery[238]. Dried plants can be hung indoors as an insect repellent[238].
Cultivation details
Requires a well-drained moderately fertile soil in a sunny position[200]. Plants are not very resistant to frosts and need to be grown as half hardy annuals. Removing dead flowers before the seed is formed will extend the flowering season[188]. Most members of this genus are very good companion plants, see 'Other Uses' below for more details[238]. Plants are prone to slugs, snails and botrytis[188].
Propagation
Seed - sow March in a greenhouse. Only just cover the seed. Germination usually takes place within 2 weeks. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out after the last expected frosts.
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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Tagetes erectaAfrican Marigold, Aztec marigold, Big Marigold, American Marigold33
Tagetes filifoliaIrish Lace10
Tagetes lucidaMexican Tarragon, Sweetscented marigold43
Tagetes minutaMuster-John-Henry22
Tagetes patulaFrench Marigold, Dwarf French Marigold22
Tagetes tenuifoliaLemon Marigold, Striped Mexican Marigold, Signet Marigold20
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