MEXICAN MINT MARIGOLD Sweet Marigold
Perennial to evergreen herb Full sun to part shade
Tagetes lucida syn. Tagetes florida Ht. 18-24 inches Spread: 24-36 inches
ta-JET-teez LOO-see-da Spacing: 12-18 inches
HABIT: Yellow or golden marigold-like flowers, followed by black seeds. Upright, clumping. Flowers in late summer to early fall. Strong anise scent.
CULTURE: Likes loose, well drained soil. Best in morning sun and afternoon shade. Very east to grow from seed. Glossy lance-shaped leaves. Cut back to maintain compact look. Needs plenty of water and moderate fertilization.
USES: Use the foliage to season any kind of meat, poultry, fish, and eggs. Use fresh Ė it loses its flavor when dried. You donít need much Ė this herb is very strong. A substitute herb for French tarragon. Flowers and leaves are edible but the flavor is very strong. Good for potpourri and dried arrangements.
PROBLEMS: Mealy bugs and spittlebugs, which may burrow in emerging leaves during high humidity. Some spider mite damage possible during hot months.
HARVEST: Harvest the foliage anytime to use fresh or to dry and store in glass containers. Itís best to use fresh green foliage during the growing season.
NOTES: Mexican mint marigold is a terrible name. I donít know how it got started, but this plant has no relation to mint. Sweet marigold is probably the best name.