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Products > Tagetes Gold Medal ['09TAG1002'] PP24,856
Tagetes Gold Medal ['09TAG1002'] PP24,856 - Dwarf Mexican Marigold

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Asteraceae (Sunflowers)
Origin: Mexico (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Golden
Bloomtime: Year-round
Fragrant Flowers: Yes
Parentage: (T. lemmonii hybrid)
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Summer Dry: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Tagetes Gold Medal ['09TAG1002'] PP24,856 (Dwarf Mexican Marigold). A small shrub to 2' tall with aromatic dissected medium green foliage and lightly fragrant gold yellow daisy flowers nearly year-round with flowering heaviest fall through late spring. Plant in full to part sun in a well-drained soil and irrigate occasionally to infrequently. Hardy to around 25 to 28 F and will resprout from the base if frosted back. Older flowers are hidden by the new so no deadheading is needed but plants can be shaped by pruning after spring flowering is past. The sharp smell of the foliage seems to deter both deer and rabbits. This plant seems particularly showy in early fall when it can be a solid mass of flowers. It looks very much like a smaller version of the fall blooming Mexican Marigold, Tagetes lemmonii, which is a shrub that often gets 6 feet tall or more. It reportedly is a hybrid created in 2008 by Japanese plant breeder Ushio Sakazaki, who listed it as a cross between Tagetes lemmonii and another hybrid marigold, which some speculate might have involved the lower growing perennial Mexican tarragon, Tagetes lucida. As this plant most closely resembles Tagetes lemmonii, others speculate it has no other species involved in the parentage. It was issued US Plant Patent PP24,856 in September 2014 with the patent is administered by John Rader of Amerinova Properties, from whom we obtained permission in 2018 to grow this plant.  Information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library, from online sources, as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens where we have observed it. We also will incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips would aid others in growing Tagetes Gold Medal ['09TAG1002'].