(This whole page is a poor attempt of translation of the Illustrated Handbook for Medicinal Materials from Nature in Yunnan, mistakes are and will be made, sorry)
万寿菊 wàn shòu jú
金鸡菊 jīn jī jú, 蜂窝菊 fēng wō jú, 金花菊 jīn huā jú, 臭芙蓉 chòu fú róng
Wangshouju - Tagetes erecta L.
Description from Flora of China
Tagetes patula Linnaeus; T. tenuifolia Cavanilles.
Annuals, 10-120 cm. Leaf blades 30-120(-250) mm overall, principal lobes/leaflets 9-25, lanceolate to linear-lanceolate, 15-25(-45) × 3-8(-12) mm. Capitula solitary; peduncles 30-100(-150) mm; involucres 10-22+ × (3-)5-12 mm; phyllaries 5-8. Ray florets (3-)5-8(-100 in "double" cultivars); lamina yellow to orange, red-brown (sometimes bi-colored: yellow/ red-brown), or white (some cultivars), flabellate to ovate-quadrate, (2-)12-18(-25) mm. Disk florets (10-)50-120; corollas 7-12 mm. Achenes 6-11 mm; pappus of 0-2 subulate-aristate scales 6-12 mm and 2-4 distinct or connate, linear-oblong, erose scales 2-6+ mm. Fl. Jun-Oct. 2n = 24, 48.
Cultivars of Tagetes erecta are widely grown in gardens and, commercially, for cut flowers. They often persist after plantings are abandoned. Tetraploid plants (2n = 48) with smaller involucres and wholly or partially red-brown corollas included here in T. erecta have been called T. patula by some botanists.
Widely cultivated in China [native to North America].
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The whole plant.
Bitter, slightly acrid, cool.
Collect in automn or winter. Use fresh or dry in the sun for conservation.
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