Tagetes tenuifolia 'Lemon Gem'


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Plant type

Half-hardy annual

Flower colour





Half hardy

Skill level


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Although books often call this annual signet marigold or T. signata, most gardeners refer to its simply as tagetes. It is daintier than French and African marigolds, the plants forming spreading bushes with countless branching stems, so the result is a dense mound of pale and finely divided, soft ferny foliage. The flowers are small, but appear in such numbers that the plants are often totally covered with them. The Gem Series is one of the oldest, and still one of the best: as well as 'Lemon Gem', there are 'Gold Gem', 'Tangerine Gem' and 'Orange Gem' varieties.

Family: Asteraceae

Genus: Tagetes

Species: tenuifolia

Cultivar: Lemon Gem

Plant type: Half-hardy annual

Flower colour: Yellow

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist, Sandy

Hardiness: Half hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 30cm

Spread: 20cm

Time to plant seeds: March to April

Time to plant: May to June

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