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Mexican Mint Marigold

Mexican Marigold Mint is a great choice for heavy deer pressure landscape designs

Mexican Mint Marigold

Tagetes lucida

Common Names: Yerbis Anis, Spanish Tarragon, Texas Tarragon, Sweet Mace

Light: Full Sun/Part Shade

Height: 2′ – 3′

Spacing/Spread: 2′ – 3′

Evergreen: No, plant is deciduous.

Color: Yellow Flowers.

Interest: Flowers in Fall.

Landscape Companions:

Texas Native: No, but particularly well adapted to central Texas and Austin.

Extra: Deer resistant.

Wildlife habitat:

Features: This Texas adapted perennial has yellow flowers during the Fall. Very deer resistant.

Austin Native Landscaping: “Mexican Marigold Mint is a great choice for heavy deer pressure landscape designs. Its modest size, full sun and part shade tolerance, fall yellow color show, and very modest water requirements make this perennial a solid choice in many of our designs. We love to use Mexican Marigold Mint in deer pressure side walk strips/nuisance strips, where it’s modest sized and water requirements make it an excellent flowering candidate. You could prune it some during summer for a more compact and tidy specimen.

Fun Fact: Mexican Marigold Mint is a great culinary herb that somewhat tastes like tarragon. Straight from the sidewalk strip to your salad bowl!”



Family: Asteraceae (Pronounced – ass-ter-AY-see-ee) 

Genus: Tagetes (Pronounced – TAG-e-teez)

Species: lucida (Pronounced – loo-sid-uh)

Propagation: Stem cuttings, rootball division, layering.




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