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Marigold (Explore)

Fun Facts:

--Marigolds are the official flower of "Day of the Dead" celebrations in Mexican culture. The pungent aroma and brilliant colors of marigolds were traditionally thought to attract the dead and allow their spirits to celebrate the joy of the life they once had for two days each year in November.

-In Nepal it is called 'शयपत्री' that means hundred leafed flower, a very beautiful name referring to its many florets per head.

-Marigolds come in many colors, including red, yellow, orange, maroon or cream. Depending on the species or hybrid, the spread and height vary from 6 inches to 4 feet, and some species of these fast-growing, colorful plants are used in holistic medicine.

-Marigolds require well-drained loam soil and a sunny location. Marigolds like moist soil. To ensure a good, continuous crop of flowers, pinch off dying flower heads.

-Marigolds are edible. The African marigold (Tagetes erecta) has a pungent taste, while the Signet marigold (Tagetes tenuifolia) tastes like citrus.

-Plant marigold seeds outside after frost danger has passed. You can also grow marigolds from seed indoors in March and April in most growing zones, then transfer the plants outside in warm weather.

(www.ehow.com/info_8079120_marigolds.html)

   

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Taken on March 10, 2011