These annuals were rare at the time of their discovery in the
seventeenth century; today, they are among the most familiar of
summer plants and are useful as bedding plants or for edging.
The single or double flowers come in cheerful shades of orange,
yellow, mahogany, brown and red and contrast brightly with the deep
Some species have aromatic foliage, hence Tagetes minutas common
name of stinking Roger.
It is also said that the roots exude substances fatal to soil-borne
pests, leading to their extensive use as companion plants.
Flowering colors: Brown, Orange, Red, Yellow
Cultivation: Grow in full sun in fertile, well-drained soil.
Deadhead regularly to prolong flowering.
Propagate from seed .
They may be prone to attack by slugs, snails and botrytis.