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Tagetes erecta 'Inca Orange' (Inca Series)

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Characteristics

Plant type

Bedding or Annual/Biennial

Habit

Columnar/Upright

Fragrance

Leaf

Toxicity

Foliage may aggravate skin allergies

Resilience

Hardiness

H2 (tender - cool or frost-free greenhouse)

Colour

Flower

Orange in Autumn and Summer

Foliage

Green in Autumn and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

1-2 years


Preferred common name

African marigold 'Inca Orange'

Family

Asteraceae


Tagetes can be annuals or perennials of upright growth, with strongly aromatic pinnately divided leaves and showy daisy-like, single or double flower-heads in summer and autumn

'Inca Orange' is an African marigold to 30cm, with large, fully double, bright orange flowers from early summer to early autumn

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Best grown in well-drained soil in full sun, best display in dry summers as flowerheads rot in wet weather

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Chalk, Clay, Sand or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by seed

Suggested planting locations and garden types

City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Garden Edging or Patio/Container Plants


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

May be damaged by slugs, snails and glasshouse red spider mite

Diseases

Generally disease free