Monday, 6 February 2012

Tagetes patula–Marigold Flower

La Poste De Post Belgique issued the stamp feature marigold flower or tagetes patula on September 2008.
The French marigold (Tagetes patula) is a species in the daisy family (Asteraceae) and native to the Americas and South Europe.The flower is an annual, growing to 0.5 m by 0.3 m. Flowering from July to October, and the seeds ripen in September. The flowers are hermaphrodite (having both male and female organs) and are pollinated by insects. They are noted for attracting wildlife. The leaves of the marigold are coated with oily glands that produce a pungent scent.
The whole plant is harvested when in flower and distilled for its essential oil. The oil is used in perfumery.The plant is used in companion planting for many vegetable crops. Its root secretions kill nematodes in the soil and it is said to repel harmful insects, such as white fly amongst tomatoes. (Resources from Wikipedia and Belgium Post information)
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