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Marigold:
Birth flower for the month of October

 

marigoldScientific Name Tagetes erecta, T. patula
(although some sources indicate the marigold mentioned as the birth flower for October is actually the pot marigold or Calendula.)

A perfect pick for October's birth flower, the marigold blooms from late spring through fall in a wide variety of autumnal colors ranging from red to orange to yellow, gold and brown. 

marigoldsModerately drought-resistant, the marigold requires a lot of sun to reach its full height of about 8 to 48 inches and spreading out to about a foot in diameter.

Marigolds make great edge or border plants and are a natural deterrent to many garden pests.  They are great container and window box plants and can be grown easily from seed which is good since these are annuals and must be replanted each season. marigolds

Marigolds in Myth and Literature

Like the sunflower, the marigold blossom follows the sun across the sky.  Myth says that the sunflower or marigold depending on the story was a young woman so entranced with following the sun god Apollo across the sky she becomes the flower.

King Midas's daughter, Princess Marigold was a sweet and loving child with hair the color of gold and a love for flowers.  When his "golden Midas touch" turns his beloved daughter to solid gold, the King asks to be rid of the curse.

marigoldsEarly Christians sometimes referred to the marigold as Mary's gold after the mother of Jesus and would place the blossoms around statues of the Virgin Mary.

In the language of flowers, marigolds are thoguht to mean Comfort, Contentment, Excellence, Good Luck, Grace, Gratitude, Joy, Love of Nature,  Loveliness,  and True Love.

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