Pronounciation: Ta-GE-tes sig-NA-ta
Sunset All zones as annual
USDA All zones as annual
Landscape Use: Accent beding plant, herb garden, or a mixed flower garden.
Form & Character: This is an easy-to-grow herbaceous perennial that is upright and open, lacy, delicate, tropical.
Growth Habit: Moderate upright growth to 12 inches tall.
Foliage/Texture: Glossy green foliage, nearly pinntified, highly aromatic, lemon; fine texture.
Flowers & Fruits: Small, terminal, yellow or orange single daisy flowers, fruits inconspicuous.
Seasonal Color: Flowers in spring and fall.
Temperature: Tolerant of desert heat, though one MUST avoid planting this aromatic shrub in western or reflected exposures. Frost sensitive, damaged by freezes below 30oF.
Light: Full sun in mesic landscapes (with much surrounding greenry), otherwise partial shade from western sun.
Soil: Like many marigold species a well-drained, organic amended soil is needed for best performance in Phoenix.
Watering: Water nearly daily during hottest times of summer tapering to every 5 to 7 days during winter.
Pruning: Like other marigold species, lightly shear infrequently to promote a tight habit.
Propagation: Seed, easy to germinate. For established plants, allow seed heads to dry on senescing plant, then shake dead plants to release seeds onto ground for future germination in a garden site.
Disease and pests: None
Additional comments: The cultivar 'Lemon Gem' is uniform showing masses of single, lemon-yellow, small, single blooms that are positioned slightly above the plant's lacy foliage. The cultivar 'Tangerine Gem' has lovely orange flowers.