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TAGETES nelsonii

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Family

Asteraceae

Botanical Name

TAGETES nelsonii

Plant Common Name

Nelson's Marigold

General Description

Nelson's marigold is an aromatic, small to medium-sized, evergreen or deciduous shrub from uplands of southern Mexico and Guatemala.

This densely branched shrub bears pinnately compound, spicy-scented leaves with five broad, oval, dark green leaflets. Large dense clusters of small, golden-yellow, daisy-like blooms appear in late summer at the stem tips and leaf axils. Flowering continues until late fall or heavy frost. This shrub behaves as a herbaceous perennial in USDA Hardiness Zones 7 and 8, dying back in winter but resprouting and blooming the following growing season.

Nelson's marigold thrives in full sun and humus-rich, acidic to neutral, well-drained soil. Use it in mixed plantings, perennial borders and "fragrance gardens" in areas where it's root-hardy. It can also be planted as an annual in colder zones.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    10 - 5

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    8 - 11

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    3'-6' / 0.9m - 1.8m

  • Width

    3'-6' / 0.9m - 1.8m

  • Bloom Time

    Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall, Late Fall

  • Native To

    Mexico, Central America

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Yellow

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Bark Color

    Green, Purple, Burgundy, Brown

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    Yes

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Semi-Evergreen

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Container, Hedges, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes