Corn Marigold Glebionis segetum

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
corn marigold


The plant in question is commonly known as the corn marigold. This flowering plant typically showcases bright, daisy-like blooms with a central disc of tiny, tubular flowers surrounded by a fringe of larger, petal-like ray florets. The central disc is often a darker, yellowish-brown hue, which contrasts with the striking golden-yellow petals encircling it, which can resemble a sunny and cheerful appearance overall. The foliage of the corn marigold is green and tends to be lance-shaped or oblong, with edges that can be smooth or slightly toothed. Leaves are generally arrayed alternately along the stem, providing a simple but effective backdrop for the flowers. Stems are usually sturdy and can hold the flowers upright, displaying them prominently. The overall impression of the corn marigold is one of brightness and cheeriness, with its sunny yellow blossoms often associated with rustic and agricultural landscapes, as indicated by its common name. Despite its common association with farmland, this plant is quite versatile and can thrive in various environments, making it a familiar sight in a variety of settings. The flowers of the corn marigold are especially striking when found in large numbers, forming a blanket of yellow that illuminates the area in which they grow.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Corn Marigold, Corn Daisy, Field Daisy, Field Marigold

    • Common names

      Chrysanthemum segetum, Leucanthemum segetum

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Corn Marigold is not commonly known to be toxic to humans. It is in fact sometimes used in traditional medicine and its young shoots and leaves can be eaten in salads. However, as with any plant, individual allergies or sensitivities are possible. If a person has a sensitivity to other plants in the Asteraceae family, they could potentially react to Corn Marigold. Nonetheless, there are no widely recognized symptoms of poisoning from this plant because it is not commonly known to be toxic.

    • To pets

      Corn Marigold is not commonly recognized as a toxic plant to pets such as dogs and cats. There is limited information on any specific toxicities this plant might have to animals, implying that it is not particularly hazardous. Nevertheless, as with any plant, individual animals could potentially have stomach upset or an allergic reaction if they consume parts of the plant. Since it's not a widely known toxic plant, no specific symptoms of poisoning are generally associated with its ingestion by pets.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      2 feet (60 cm)

    • Spread

      1 foot (30 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Edible Plant Parts: Glebionis segetum, commonly known as Corn Marigold, has edible flowers and leaves that can be used in salads and as a flavoring.
    • Cultural and Historical Significance: Corn Marigold has been a part of traditional agricultural practices and folklore, symbolizing various cultural aspects in different regions.
    • Pollinator Attraction: The bright yellow flowers of Corn Marigold attract bees, butterflies, and other pollinators, enhancing pollination in the garden or farm.
    • Companion Planting: Corn Marigold can be used in companion planting to attract pest predators and provide ground cover, reducing weed growth.
    • Ornamental Value: With its attractive yellow blooms, Corn Marigold adds aesthetic value to gardens and landscapes.
    • Soil Improvement: The plant can be used as green manure or cover crop, contributing to soil fertility and structure when plowed back into the soil.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    • Anti-inflammatory: Glebionis segetum has traditionally been used to reduce inflammation.
    • Diuretic: It may promote the production of urine, aiding in the removal of excess water from the body.
    • Emmenagogue: The plant has been used to stimulate blood flow in the pelvic area and uterus, thereby inducing menstruation.
    • Antispasmodic: May be used to relieve spasms of the involuntary muscles.
    • Tonic: It has been used as a tonic to improve general health and well-being.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Glebionis segetum, commonly known as corn marigold, has been used historically as a food dye due to its vibrant yellow color.
    • The corn marigold's petals are sometimes used in the preparation of natural fabric dyes for textiles, yielding a range of yellow hues.
    • In certain cultures, corn marigold is used in the decoration of festive occasions due to its bright and cheerful appearance.
    • The flowers of the corn marigold can be used in potpourri mixes to add color and a mild fragrance.
    • Glebionis segetum is occasionally planted as a companion plant in agricultural settings to attract pollinators to the area.
    • Corn marigold is sometimes used in floral arrangements, particularly in wildflower bouquets, to provide a splash of color.
    • The plant can be incorporated into ornamental garden designs as part of a naturalistic or meadow-style planting.
    • In some regions, dried corn marigold stems and flowers are used to create rustic crafts and decorations.
    • Corn marigold petals are sometimes scattered in ceremonial paths or areas, symbolizing prosperity and good luck.
    • Young leaves of the Glebionis segetum once served as a poor man's vegetable, boiled and eaten in times of scarcity.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Corn Marigold is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Corn Marigold is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Hope and Optimism: Glebionis segetum, commonly known as Corn Marigold, often symbolizes hope and optimism due to its bright yellow blooms that resemble the sun.
    • Prosperity: In some traditions, the vivid color of the Corn Marigold is associated with wealth and success, possibly owing to its historical association with bountiful harvests.
    • Fertility: The Corn Marigold is sometimes a symbol of fertility, reflecting its role in traditionally being found in crop fields and being associated with growth and abundance.
    • Love and Affection: Flowers in general are often tied to expressions of love, and Corn Marigold is no exception, sometimes given as a sign of affection or to express love.
    • Overcoming Challenges: As a plant that can thrive in agricultural areas, the Corn Marigold is sometimes seen as a symbol of resilience and the ability to overcome difficulties.

Every 1-2 weeks
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Not needed
  • water dropWater

    Corn marigold should be watered deeply but infrequently to encourage deep root growth. The soil should be allowed to dry out slightly between waterings. As a general rule, watering this plant once every week with about 1-2 gallons per plant, depending on climate and soil conditions, should be sufficient during the growing season. During hot, dry periods, you may need to water more frequently, but always check the soil moisture first to avoid over-watering.

  • sunLight

    Corn marigold thrives in full sun, meaning at least six hours of direct sunlight a day. It is best placed in a spot where it can receive unfiltered sunlight for the majority of the day. If planted in too much shade, the plant might not bloom as vigorously and can become leggy as it stretches towards the light.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Corn marigold prefers a temperate climate and can tolerate a range from about 40 degrees Fahrenheit as a minimum to temperatures reaching upwards of 90 degrees Fahrenheit. However, the ideal temperature for optimal growth is between 60 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. It is not frost-tolerant, so precautions should be taken to protect it if temperatures threaten to drop below 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning corn marigold helps to maintain its shape and encourage bushier growth. Deadhead spent flowers to promote continued blooming throughout the season. Pruning can be done as needed when flowers fade or to remove any dead or damaged stems. The best time for major pruning is in the early spring or after the plant has finished blooming in the fall.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Corn marigold thrives in well-draining soil with a pH ranging from 5.5 to 7.5. A mix of garden soil, compost, and sand is ideal for proper drainage and nutrient content.

  • plantRepotting

    Corn marigold generally does not need frequent repotting; repot only if it outgrows its current pot or every 2-3 years to refresh the soil.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Corn marigold prefers moderate humidity but is quite adaptable and can tolerate a range of humidity conditions without issue.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place in bright light and don't overwater.

    • Outdoor

      Full sun, well-drained soil, water when dry.

    • Hardiness zone

      8-10 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The corn marigold (Glebionis segetum) begins its life cycle when seeds germinate in the soil, typically in early spring, requiring warmth and moisture to initiate the growth of the seedling. Following germination, the seedling emerges and establishes a rosette of leaves at the soil surface, absorbing light and nutrients to fuel growth. As the plant matures, it develops a sturdy stem and begins to produce flower heads composed of bright yellow petals surrounding a central disc, a process that can occur from late spring to early summer. After pollination by insects, these flowers mature into fruit that bear the seeds for the next generation. The seeds are then dispersed by various means, such as wind or animal movement, and those that land in suitable environments remain dormant in the soil over winter until the conditions are right for the next cycle of germination. The corn marigold is an annual plant, completing its entire life cycle—from germination to seed production—within one growing season.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time


    • The most popular method of propagation for the Glebionis segetum, commonly known as Corn Marigold, is by seed. The best time to sow Corn Marigold seeds is in the spring after the danger of frost has passed. To propagate, scatter the seeds on the surface of well-drained soil and lightly press them in, but do not cover them deeply as they require some light to germinate effectively. Ensure the soil remains moist but not waterlogged until germination occurs, usually within 2 to 3 weeks. Once the seedlings have grown large enough to handle, thin them out to a spacing of approximately 6 to 9 inches (15 to 23 centimeters) apart to allow for ample growth.