[gardeners] Tagetes minuta

Bob Kirk (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Wed, 25 Nov 1998 23:23:52 -0600 (CST)

  My two pesos worth - early messages in this unnoticed thread long gone:

May finally have lost this here in northeast KS, where it volunteered for
?? years, but this year got a late start and I'm pretty sure it didn't set
seed. Would be glad to learn it's readily available since I never got
around to what I always thought would be the greatest use for it - namely,
stuffing a mattress.

> I do mean T. minuta.  I'm beginning to suspect that it's only the roots
> that are toxic, although the leaves are not.  The leaves are used in the
> South American cooking.  Even Richters identifies it as a culinary herb
> that is nematocidal, herbicidal, etc.  Perhaps they elucidate in one of
> their herbalgrams.  I could look, I guess.  Best, Margaret

   not exactly kidding - one of the things I've always been tempted to do,
and never done, is to get down and roll around in a big patch of marigolds