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Mexican Marigold

Tagetes erecta

Description:

This marigold is from a marigold plant from a few years ago that has come back. There are a few other smaller marigold plants around it as well. There is an orange and red flower and few other flower buds on the plant.

Habitat:

This marigold is in our school garden and gets full sun.

Notes:

This plant was chosen by a 5th-grade group at John G (The Green Bees). These are their questions based on their observations: 1. Why do the leaves look like they are pointed? 2. What happens to the flower over the winter? 3. What is the beetle doing on the flower?

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1 Comment

tacticalbee
tacticalbee 6 months ago

What shape is the marigold flower? How is that different from the flowers that are nearby? Beetles really like bowl-shaped flowers that they can climb on and get down into to get the nectar! Maybe that's what this beetle is doing.

As flowers age, they dry out and that allows the seeds inside them to spread. Have you ever noticed "old" flowers in the winter? What color are they? If you shake them, what might fall out?

What other plants in the garden have pointy leaves? How many different kinds of leaf shapes can you find?

Covington, Kentucky, United States

Spotted on Jul 8, 2021
Submitted on Jul 9, 2021

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