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Tagetes tenuifolia ‘Red Gem’

Tagetes tenuifolia ‘Red Gem’ is an annual herb and is part of the Asteraceae family of plants. They also call it Red Gem Marigold, Signet Marigold ‘Red Gem’, American Saffron ‘Red Gem’, Slender Leaf Marigold ‘Red Gem’, Striped Mexican Marigold ‘Red Gem’, Lemon Gem ‘Red Gem’, Orange Gem, Lemon Marigold, Golden Marigold, or Tagetes signata.

Tagetes tenuifolia 'Red Gem'
Tagetes tenuifolia ‘Red Gem’

Tagetes tenuifolia ‘Red Gem’ is a hybrid, but Tagetes tenuifolia is native to Central America, Mexico, and Peru. It grows to about 12in or 30cm tall, and it is a low maintenance plant. The foliage is dark green, divided, or ferny. The leaves are fragrant. The flowers are single, bright red or crimson with a yellow center. Tagetes tenuifolia ‘Red Gem’ flowers from early summer till frost.

How to grow Tagetes tenuifolia ‘Red Gem’:

Grow Tagetes tenuifolia ‘Red Gem’ in the sun or partial shade. Plant it in average, evenly moist but well-drained soil. Any type of soil will work but not too rich. It tolerates salt and pollution. Deadhead the flowers for more flowers. Tagetes tenuifolia ‘Red Gem’ is deer and rabbit tolerant. The flowers attract butterflies and bees. Propagate by seed.

Tagetes tenuifolia 'Red Gem'
Tagetes tenuifolia ‘Red Gem’

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