‘ Greek Common Marigold’

Marigold / rose d'Inde / Κατιφές


Common Name: Marigold / rose d'Inde / Κατιφές

Scientific Name: Tagetes erecta


Plant’s cycle: Annual

Light Requirement: full sun

Soil type: any soil, dry or moist and well drained, pH 5.0 to 8.0

Sowing in nursery: February,

Direct Planting: March,

Germination: 21 days after sowing

Harvest:    90 to 120 days after sowing


Flowers are hermaphrodite

Pollination: insects

Plant is self-fertile

Seed preservation: 4 years


Edible Parts: Flowers; Leaves; Root.

Medicine: Anthelmintic;  Aromatic;  Carminative;  Digestive;  Diuretic;  Emmenagogue;  LaxativeOphthalmic;  Sedative; Stomachic.


The whole herb is anthelmintic, aromatic, digestive, diuretic, emmenagogue, sedative and stomachic. It is used internally in the treatment of indigestion, colic, severe constipation, coughs and dysentery. Externally, it is used to treat sores, ulcers, eczema. sore eyes and rheumatism. The leaves are harvested as required for immediate use during the growing season, whilst the flowering plant can be dried and stored for later use. A paste of the leaves is applied externally to treat boils, carbuncles and earaches. The flowers are carminitive, diuretic and vermifuge. A decoction is used to treat colds, and mumps. It is applied externally to treat skin diseases, conjunctivitis and sore eyes. The root is laxative.

Other Uses: Dye; Insecticide; Repellent.


Secretions from the roots of growing plants have an insecticidal effect on the soil, effective against nematodes and to some extent against keeled slugs. These secretions are produced about 3 - 4 months after sowing. The flower petals also have nematcidal properties.