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Tagetes lemmonii, Tagetes, Lemon Marigold, Copper Canyon Daisy

Tagetes lemmonii

Tagetes, Lemon Marigold, Copper Canyon Daisy
Family: Asteraceae
Origin: Mexico
Small shrub 2-5 ftFull sunModerate waterDry conditionsYellow/orange flowersFragrantAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Lemon marigold, Copper Canyon Daisy - usually a small shrub that can be trimmed to a groundcover level, this plant can reach up a few feet if you let it go. It has very aromatic, airy foliage and vibrant yellow daisy-like blooms.

A strong fragrance from the finely divided foliage is released when rubbed or brushed against. Orange-yellow flowers in fall-winter with off bloom in other seasons - flowering is triggered by short day length so overcast weather can extend flowering in spring. Plant in sun or part shade in well-drained soil. Drought tolerant in coastal gardens but looks best with a little irrigation - too much water or too little light produces leggy plants that don't bloom well. One of the best butterfly attractors!

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Cathy Orlando, Florida USAUSDA Zone:1024 Jul 2009
I also found this amazing plant at HD. I was intrigued by its fragrant leaves - had no idea that it had lovely yellow flowers when I bought it. Left it in the plastic pot and the 2 ft plant is now 5 ft x 5 ft with cascading branches that droop to the ground and attempt to root. Must be started from cuttings and easily roots by just sticking it in moist soil. Per other site, name "Lemon" refers to the original botanists name who discovered it. The powerful fragrance is really more like pineapple. Rain actually activates the lovely fragrance outside my kitchen window. Just discovered it is edible and will try it in salads and vinegars. I absolutely love it!!!
Tony Ft lauderdale; Fl UsaUSDA Zone:1017 May 2004
I pruchased this plant at the local home dept , or was it lowes dept store. It lives next to driveway with other sun loving plants like white african detes iris, vincas. I find it does well. I am now learning that that size matters. i had no idea that it grew so large ( 4-6 ft ). i wouldnt trash it but it needs to move. it was fine the first year at 1ft to 2 ft , but his is the second year and it is growing much bigger and crowding out the other plants. as far my comments. i have to say it's dependable bloom it wonderful. its ability to live in adverse conditions is my reward. its frgrant foliage is "like what most people say," you either like it or not. i've never had the urge to touch the foliage so its never been an issue. its smelly foliage is potent. now that im getting to touch it more these days. its not quite lemony. its very citrus like smell. I plant to move it to the back yard now as a background plant. could make good hedge plant among other garssy ornamentals... well see. smiles

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