Tagetes tenuifolia is a species of plant in the daisy family (Asteraceae). Golden marigolds belong to the marigold, or Tagete genus. Tagete genus is part of the daisy or astracea family. There are about 55 other species in the genus; aside from Tagetes tenuifolia. The plant is well suited to a mostly sunny position, and fairly well draining soil. This species grows to approximately 15cm. They are a hardy plant; they can whether through a lot. Marigolds are not grown as a food item. They are grown as a decoration. The flowers also happen to be edible. Marigolds are regarded as one of the easiest plants to grow. Overtly fertile soil may cause the plants to become bushy. The petals are sometimes used in Some species of Tagetes let out gas which can be smelt. This scent repels insects such as mosquitoes, small animals and smaller, burrowing insects. T. tenuifolia is one of these and is often planted near small creeks or puddle prone areas to repel bugs, especially mosquitoes. Marigolds insect repelling effect lasts long after being removed. Even up to three years after, it may be having effects. For this reason, marigolds are often planted in crop fields, then removed for the crops to be planted. This means that less of the plants get eaten by insects. It is also is very safe and has no toxic effects on the environment, as some industry sprays and poisons do. If leaves are left to soak, they may become excessively bad smelling. Marigolds usually produce flowers in the middle of Summer. They are an annual plant, and, if they are planted early enough, they may survive the Winter. They can be planted all year round in most conditions. Marigolds are very hardy, and may even survive frost.
Marigolds come in a variety of colours, but mostly yellows and oranges. Marigolds are not usually planted in the ground, but are kept in pots. Marigolds are very easy to obtain. They can be purchased from most nurseries, and seeds are readily available in stores.