These bright and vibrant flowers will liven up any garden, patio and other outdoor spaces! They would be ideal in beds, as borders, and in container gardening. Pot marigolds are also known to attract butterflies to the garden.
The only downside is that marigolds produce a strong, pungent scent that isn’t so pleasant. Regardless, marigolds are grown commercially in various parts of the world for many different uses. Here are some ways marigolds can be used:
- Pot marigold (calendula), also called “Poor Man’s Saffron,” is edible. The flowers can be used as a substitute for the more expensive saffron. Add to soups, stews, and salads.
- They can be also be food for livestock. Marigolds is often added to chicken fodder to increase the yellowness of the egg yolks.
- Pot Marigold is often used as a natural dye for foods, such as pasta, vegetable oil, margarine, mayonnaise, mustard and more!
- The flowers can be used to make an herbal tea that can help alleviate sore throats, cramps and fevers.
- The pungent scent of the marigold will will deter insects and pests from the garden. They are often used as companion plants for tomatoes, eggplant, potatoes and chili peppers.
- The pungent scent is also known to repel mosquitoes. Plant marigolds near entrances and windows to keep mosquitoes away.
- In India and Nepal, where the flowers hold significant meaning, marigolds are typically used to make floral garlands for festivals, weddings, celebrations, and religious events.
- Marigolds is an ingredient in some perfumes.
- Marigold has been used in traditional herbal medicine to treat wounds, skin irritations, headaches, stomach ailments and toothaches.
- And last but not least, marigolds make excellent, long lasting cut flowers.