Tagetes is a genus of annual and perennial, mostly herbaceous plants in the sunflower family. Blooms naturally occur in golden, orange, yellow, and white colors, often with maroon highlights. In horticulture, they tend to be planted as annuals, although the perennial species are gaining popularity. Depending on the species, Tagetes grow well in almost any sort of soil. Most horticultural selections grow best in soil with good drainage. The common name in English, “marigold”, is derived from “Mary’s gold”, a name first applied to a similar plant native to Europe, Calendula officinalis. See marigold for other plants commonly called marigold.