Marigold (Calendula officinalis) is Octobers Flower, they are symbolic of creativity and passion.
Early Christians called calendula “Mary’s Gold,” and placed it by the statues of the Virgin Mary. The most sacred flower of ancient India, Marigold stems and flower heads were strung into garlands and placed around the necks of holy statues.
Since the Marigold’s flower head follows the sun, it is sometimes called “summer’s bride” or “husbandman’s dial.” The Marigold flower means “winning grace” in the language of flowers.
The Marigold is an annual flower that blooms well even over a long season. Marigolds are good cleansers and can be remedies for the sting of bees. Marigolds are also known as calendula, garden Marigold, holli gold, gold bloom, golds, ruddes, Mary bud, bull’s eyes, and pot Marigold.
Marigold leaves are green rosettes that sport multiple stems of single or double daisy-like flowers, which are sometimes crested in form. Height can be anywhere from 30-60cm, and flowers may be 5-10cm wide. Plants bloom and grow best during cool weather, but flowers close on cloudy days.
Marigolds are considered to be one of the most versatile flowers to grow in a garden, as they are easy to grow, and tolerate most soils. They prefer a sunny spot, if planted in a shady area it will take longer to bloom and will not produce as many flowers.
Marigold florets are considered edible. They are often used to add color to salads, or added to dishes as a garnish and in lieu of saffron.