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little marigold, miniature marigold, muster john Henry, southern marigold, stinking roger, stinkweed, wild marigold

Habit Annuals, 30–100(–180+) cm.

blades 80–150+ mm overall, lobes or leaflets 9–17+, narrowly lanceolate to lance-linear, 12–25(–50+) × (2–)4–7+ mm.


1–5+ mm.


7–10+ × 1.5–3 mm.

Ray florets


laminae yellow, ± ovate to elliptic, 1–2 mm.

Disc florets


corollas 3–4 mm.


in ± corymbiform clusters.


(4.5–)6–7+ mm;

pappi of 1–2 ± subulate scales 2–3+ mm plus 3–5 distinct, ovate to lanceolate scales 0.5–1 mm.


= 48.

Tagetes minuta

Asteraceae tribe Heliantheae subtribe Pectidinae

Phenology Flowering Sep–Oct.
Habitat Disturbed sites
Elevation 0–100+ m (0–300+ ft)
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AL; CA; CT; FL; GA; MA; MD; NC; PA; SC; VA; South America [Introduced in North America]
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Tagetes minuta is widely cultivated for use as a condiment and has become widely established or persists after plantings.

(Discussion copyrighted by Flora of North America; reprinted with permission.)

Source FNA vol. 21, p. 236.
Parent taxa Asteraceae > tribe Heliantheae > subtribe Pectidinae > Tagetes
Sibling taxa
T. erecta, T. lemmonii, T. micrantha
Name authority Linnaeus: Sp. Pl. 2: 887. (1753)
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