Tagetes minuta

Tagetes minuta or Mexican marigold is an extraordinary plant that isn't a looker but its roots kill perennial weeds. It really knocked back a bed of bindweed at Perch Hill and cleared a bed of ground elder. Give it a try. More
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Tagetes minuta (Mexican marigold) is an extraordinary plant that isn't a looker but its roots kill perennial weeds such as Ground Elder and Couch Grass. It really knocked back a bed of bindweed at Perch Hill. Give it a try.

Genus Tagetes minuta
Type Half-Hardy Annual
Common Name Mexican Marigold
Border Position Middle
Soil Type Fertile, Neutral
Site Full Sun, Part Shade, Shelter
Moisture Well-drained
Height 1.8m (6ft)
Spacing 45cm (18in)
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Sow March-May under cover. Plant out after last frosts in perennial weed infested beds.
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
Companion planting - protect with plants

Grow these flowers in your veg patch to help deter pests and protect your plants the natural way.


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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!)