Re: [gardeners] Tagetes minuta

Margaret Lauterbach (
Thu, 26 Nov 1998 07:22:17 -0700

At 11:23 PM 11/25/98 -0600, you wrote:
>  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
Richters carries Tagetes minuta, one of the insecticidal marigolds, along
with edible citrus-scented, Irish lace and Tagetes lucida.  Richters is at  Margaret L.