Tagetes minuta is a naturalized exotic weed originally from South and North America and is now commonly found throughout southern Africa. Its common name is khaki-weed or khaki -bush (khakibos, African marigold, mbanje).
The flowers are mostly pollinated by insects and honeybees and adapt to high temperatures and can tolerate low rainfall.
Tagetes it is also grown commercially in South Africa and neighbouring countries for its essential oil which acts as a fragrance enhancer. The oil has a wild-citrus-like smell and has a yellowish to reddish amber colour. It is associated with the African marigold because of its scent. It is aromatic and has a distinctive scent that can be described as floral and green, but also sweet and fruity depending on the maturity of the oil.
The oil is used in some perfumes and can be blended with massage oil or used in the bath where it can assist with wounds, cuts, coughs, chest infections, parasitic and fungal infestations. The oil is very effectively used for wounds and a wide variety of infections.