Amarillo – Scientific name: Tagetes erecta Linn

English: Marigold
Tagalog: Amarillo

A rather coarse, erect, glabrous branched, rank-smelling annual herb, 0.4 to 1 m high. Leaves: 4 to 11 cm long, very deeply pinnatifid, the lobe lanceolate, coarsely and sharply toothed, 1 to 2.5 cm long. Flowers: heads solitary, long-peduncled, the peduncle thickened upward, 2.5 to 3.5 cm long, 2 to 4 cm in diameter, the involucre green. Ray flowers 1-seriate, female, the ligule entire or 2-toothed, short or long; disk flowers, perfect, regular, tubular limb usually somewhat enlarged, 5-fid, flowers pale to deep yellow. Fruits: achenes, linear, narrowed below, compressed or angled, 6 to 7 mm long.

Ornamental cultivation throughout most of Philippines,
Spontaneous and naturalized in some localities.
Flowering all year.

Parts utilized
Collect from October to January.

Tonic, emmenagogue, disperses contusions.

Anemia,Irregular menstruation, abdominal pain during menstrual period, Rheumatic muscular and bone pain.

4 thoughts on “Amarillo – Scientific name: Tagetes erecta Linn

  1. Ali Ven

    ..please suggest plants that are available in cordillera particularly at benguet that can be used as anti oxidants., and it can be used as meat preservatives., thank you., pls. help m4e for finding any of it.,, god bless and more power.,,

  2. Des

    There seems to be a lot of contradiction and confusion when it comes to Marigold uses and identification.
    Some say Calendula off. is the one and only. Others say Tagetes is the one to use.
    I have a five petal (said to be Marigold) that is not matched in all the pictures that I’ve found on the internet so far.
    I tried to download a picture of it here, without sucess.
    If there is someone who can identify it please send me youe e-mail address and I’ll email a reduced picture to you.
    Its all rather confusing.
    The same applies to Elderberry.

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