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Tagetes erecta
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Subfamily: Asteroideae
Tribe: Tageteae
Genus: Tagetes

About 56, including:
Tagetes erecta
Tagetes lucida
Tagetes minuta
Tagetes patula
Tagetes tenuifolia
as well as many hybrids


Adenopappus Benth.
Diglossus Cass.
Enalcida Cass.
Solenotheca Nutt.
Vilobia Strother

Tagetes is a genus of flowers commonly called marigold. Tagetes has 56 species [2] of plants in the sunflower family (Asteraceae or Compositae). The genus is native to North and South America.

Description[change | change source]

Tagetes species vary in size from 0.1 to 2.2 m tall. Most species have pinnate green leaves. Blooms naturally occur in golden, orange, yellow, and white colors. In horticulture, they are usually planted as annuals.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Genus: Tagetes L.". Germplasm Resources Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture. 2011-01-06. http://www.ars-grin.gov/cgi-bin/npgs/html/genus.pl?11840. Retrieved 2-22-2014.
  2. Soule, J. A. 1996. Infrageneric Systematics of Tagetes. Pgs. 435-443 in Compositae: Systematics, Proceedings of the International Compositae Conference, Kew 1994, Vol. I, Eds. D.J.N. Hind & H.J. Beentje.

Other websites[change | change source]

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