Tagetes Erecta – Big Marigold, African Marigold seedsFarm Plants and Seeds
Business Mission: Provide backyard growers with seed of Australian Native plants, inparticular, ornamental species, with aesthetic attributes, to create good vibes and a sense of peace. Queensland, Australia
Tagetes erecta – Big Marigold, African Marigold
REMALE FLOWERS ARE BIG AND SHOWY
MALE FLOWERS ARE SMALLER – it is potluck what you get.
Native to Mexico only, but naturalized practically everywhere else. It is an annual or perennial plant, whose height ranges from 30–110 cm.
The whole plant is strongly aromatic when squeezed (earthy high and spicy!).
This plant can sometimes be a bit of a trick as, they form in 1 of 2 ways, either females which are big and beautiful, (as my photo shows) and male plants, that are not so beautiful or so big. (I collect seed from the female plants).
There are many cultivars in-between ranging from dark orange, to light yellow, and with various patterns on the petals, or plain.
The petals are edible, and used in salads. It is also used as a natural dye on textiles. The pigments of the erect tagetes are due to the presence of carotenoids, of which the main one is lutein, which is associated with the prevention of the development of age-related eye diseases such as cataracts and macular degeneration. The most intense orange tones of the flowers are related to a higher content of carotenoids, especially xanthophyll. Some studies indicate the effectiveness of the latter in the prevention of coronary artery disease, heart attacks, immune response, old age and cancer. In some regions of Mexico, it is used in digestive ailments, such as stomach pain, as well as diarrhea, colic, liver problems, bile, vomiting, and indigestion. The plant also has a history of use against intestinal parasites and worms with one study indicating that it has a different mechanism than the anthelmintic drug levamisole. Other uses include respiratory diseases such as colds, flu, bronchitis and nasal congestion as well as gynaecological problems.
For most seeds (unless otherwise stated): Sow Spring – Lightly cover and keep moist until germination – best to do in the hot before a rain event. Grow seedling over the spring/summer in shade house with ideal conditions, then plant out autumn with occasional watering for the first 2 years.
Seeds are usually collected from tree/plant shown in photo, this one was growing near Mackay, QLD. Happy to answer any questions you may have.
My business mission: is to provide backyard owners with seed of Australian Native plants, in particular ornamental species, with aesthetic attributes, to create good vibes and a sense of peace.
And my seller promise; if you purchase from me, I will send it to you.
I use recycled packaging. And I make a note of sending more seeds than stated in page listing. Plus, I’m a definite advocate for ‘organics’ as much as possible, there are no pesticides at my place!
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