Tagetes erecta

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Name and publication

Tagetes erecta L., Sp. Pl. 2: 887 (1753).


Flowers of the African marigold are typically orange daisies, 4-5 cm in diameter and 1-1.5 cm thick, with a center of smaller and darker petals.

Nativity and distribution

Tagetes erecta is native from Mexico to Peru but widely cultivated worldwide, especially in India.


Asteraceae (alt. Compositae)