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Lemon Marigold, also known as Copper Canyon Daisy, is a small shrub that can be trimmed to a groundcover level. However, it has the potential to reach a few feet in height if left unchecked. This plant is known for its aromatic, airy foliage and vibrant yellow daisy-like blooms. Its finely divided foliage releases a strong fragrance when touched or brushed against.
The orange-yellow flowers of Lemon Marigold appear in the fall and winter, with off bloom in other seasons. The flowering of this plant is triggered by short day lengths, so overcast weather can extend the flowering period into the spring. It is best to plant Lemon Marigold in sun or part shade in well-drained soil. It is drought tolerant in coastal gardens, but looks best with a little irrigation. Too much water or too little light can lead to leggy plants that do not bloom well.
Lemon Marigold is a great choice for attracting butterflies to your garden. If you plan to keep this plant in a pot, it is important to use free-draining soil and water it frequently during the summer. In cold regions, a containerized Lemon Marigold can be overwintered by placing it in a protected position, such as a garage or greenhouse, during the harshest weather conditions. In USDA Zone 8-11, these plants can survive freezing temperatures as long as their roots are kept relatively dry and temperatures do not drop below 30 degrees Fahrenheit for an extended period. It is a good idea to provide a winter layer of mulch around the plant to keep the roots insulated and the soil moist.
Native to Central America, Mexico, Tagetes lucida (Mexican Tarragon) is a small shrub that grows 2-5 feet tall and wide. It's a great choice for warmer climates, as it doesn't perform well in cold weather or temperatures below 15 degrees F. The plant usually grows best in full sun, though it can tolerate semi-shade conditions. It needs regular watering in order to thrive and will produce yellow and orange flowers during its blooming season. The flowers are highly fragrant and attract butterflies and hummingbirds to your garden.
Tagetes lucida has ethnomedical uses. It is used as an herbal remedy, a spice, and herb. In Mexico, Tagetes lucida is a common ingredient in herbal teas and is used to treat various ailments, such as digestive and immune system disorders.
Tagetes lucida is an ideal plant for USDA Hardiness Zones 9-11, and easy to cultivate as it requires minimal maintenance and fertilizer. In pots, it should be grown in a well-draining soil mix with 6-8 hours of sun per day. When growing Tagetes lucida in cold regions, you may want to bring the pot indoors or place it in a sheltered area during the winter months. Make sure to place the pot in a sunny spot and water regularly, to keep the soil moist but not overly wet. Lastly, mulch your plant to keep the soil temperature and moisture levels consistent. With proper care, Tagetes lucida will add vibrant colors and a pleasant fragrance to your garden year-round.
Tagetes is a genus of 51 species of annual and perennial herbaceous plants. They have pinnate green leaves, and white, golden, orange, yellow, to an almost red floral heads.
Depending on the species, marigold foliage has a musky, pungent scent, though some varieties have been bred to be scentless. Marigolds have naturalized in many other warm climate areas all over the world.
The triploid marigolds are sterile hybrids obtained by crossing the Tagetes patulawith the Tagetes erecta. Common but colorful, inexpensive and easy to germinate and grow, there are varieties available in a wide range of heights, hues and flower forms.
Plant marigolds in the vegetable garden where they are said to discourage certain insect pests.
Branches of this monotypic tree bear decussately arranged, short lateral shoots, each of which terminally produces one or two pairs of short thorns. Leaves, flowers and fruits are typically produced on very abbreviated shoots immediately below the thorns.