Herb Q&A: What are the most fragrant type of Marigolds?

Question by bada_bing2k4: What are the most fragrant type of Marigolds?

I’m looking to grow my own Marigolds from seeds indoors. I want to put them in my kitchen for the strong but not overpowering fragrance, and so I would like a type or breed that is the MOST fragrant. Does anyone know of one? Or could I pretty much just get any kind? Any input would be great, I know how to grow them I just am looking for a specific type because there exist so many crossbreeds.

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Answer by The Muse
All marigolds have a strong scent and some people consider it an ODOUR. They work well to keep the bugs down in a garden.

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One Response to “Herb Q&A: What are the most fragrant type of Marigolds?”

  1. ANGEL says:

    Most of the smell of Marigolds is concentrated in the foliage. The flowers themselves are almost odorless.
    Signet marigolds (Tagetes tenuifolia), also called gem marigolds, have citrus-scented foliage that is lacier than standard marigold foliage and a lighter shade of green. The blossoms are small and dainty, with a single rim of petals. Mexican mint marigold (T. lucida), also called Mexican tarragon marigold, has the scent of anise and can be used in cooking as a substitute for tarragon.

    Signet marigold (Tagetes tenuifolia) varieties: ‘Lemon Gem’ and ‘Tangerine Gem’ have outstanding foliage fragrance.

    Tagetes lemmonii (mountain marigold). Bushy perennial (to 3’), native to S. Ariz. canyons. Clusters of 1″ yellow flowers from Sept.-Mar. Attracts butterflies, but its strong odor discourages browsers. However, Mountain Valley Growers calls its scent tangerine or lemon-mint.

    T. lucida also known as mint-scented marigold, Mexican marigold mint, cloud plant or Mexican tarragon , has aromatic leaves that can be used as a substitute for French tarragon or as a stimulating tea.

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