Tagetes lemmonii

Tagetes lemmonii

In the same genus as garden marigolds, this shrubby winter-flowering plant is sometimes known as the mountain marigold or passionfruit marigold, and is from Mexico and Arizona. It grows around 1-1.5 m tall and quite wide. It has masses of small golden-yellow daisy flowers amidst ferny foliage, which smells exactly of ripe passionfruit. It is a drought tolerant plant for a sunny position. It makes a brilliant companion for other hot-coloured winter-flowering plants from Mexico, such as glowing red Salvia gesneriiflora 'Tequila', poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima) and shrubby Lobelia laxiflora. If it is trimmed back lightly after flowering, a second blooming may occur in late spring. It can then be cut back fairly hard to keep it from becoming straggly.

Flowers in June, July, August.

 Out now in my Sydney Garden.