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Not a looker, but its roots kill perennial weeds. It's cleared a bed of ground elder at Perch Hill. Also the fragrant leaves are good in tisanes and added to salads.

Genus Tagetes
Group/Species minuta
Type Half-Hardy Annual
Common Name Mexican Marigold
Border Position Kitchen Garden
Soil Type Broad Tolerance
Site Full Sun
Moisture Moist but Well-drained
Height 1.2m (4ft)
Spacing 45cm (18in)
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Sow March to May indoors. Cover seeds lightly and place somewhere warm, germination should occur within 7 to 10 days. Prick out and pot seedlings on into individual pots. Gradually harden off before planting out after the last frosts. Grow in moderately fertile, well-drained soil in full sun.
Care Tips The dried leaves are used as an edible herb with an apple flavour, and also as a medicinal plant, but beware, as the leaves can cause a rash in some people.
Flowering October
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest
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Tagetes minuta reviews

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Reviewed 20th April 2020 by Simon

Overpriced, unhelpful and rude, I won’t be using them again.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Sheila

No visible signs of it doing anything for the couch grass!

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Ann

Plants have flourished in border. Not yet sure if they have had any effect on weeds.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Judi

I was very excited that this might get rid of ground elder . Planted seedlings in said border but they were choked and didn’t thrive

Tagetes minuta - infuriating!

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Reviewed 14th May 2018 by Jane Beeson

Year after year I have tried to grow Tagetes minuta from seed, from many sources including Sarah Raven. Never has one germinated! There must be a secret to this! I am very, very keen to get them working on my ground elder and bindweed!! This is not a complaint about the seeds, or the service, or anything to do with the order, just a bit of frustration and wondering if anyone else has any tips!

Brilliant plant!

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Reviewed 14th April 2017 by Janet

Once established these plants really do deter and stop other weeds colonising. They are also very tall and created a screen and or height at the back of a boarder. I planted this as I had a bed of bind weed that, once I cleared by hand, I hoped that it would deter any residual roots that I missed from taking hold. It seemed to work as the bed is clear of this evasive weed. (At the moment!)