RE: [gardeners] Tagetes minuta

Margaret Lauterbach (
Sat, 28 Nov 1998 06:40:09 -0700

At 11:50 PM 11/27/98 -0500, you wrote:
>Margaret wrote:
>> > 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.
>George wrote:
>If you ever get nematodes it might be the thing to do. Plus other
>insects won't bite you nor humans either. Marigolds stink to me. The
>Mexican Mint Marigold smells like anise to me, I guess that's where the
>name yerba anise came from. Madalyn Hill in "Southern Herb Growing"
>gives the Latin name of Tagetes lucida and touts it as a tarragon
>substitute that can be grown in the south.
>George - T. minuta and T. lucida are two different members of the Tagetes
>genus. T. lucinda is what those of us in the South and Texas commonly use as
>tarragon equivalent and call Mexican Mint Marigold or sweet mace. T. minuta
>is a totally different species in both growth characteristics and uses.
Gosh, I thought George acknowledged the differences between minuta and
lucida.  I'm confused now, though, about the identity of T. lucinda.