Marigolds were discovered in Central America in the 16th century by the Portuguese. They are seperated into to genuses of Tagetes(French and African Marigolds) and Celandula (Pot Marigolds).
They come in a variety of colors with yellow and orange being the most common colors. Marigolds tend to have a pungent scent that deters insects. Some can be used for medicinal, cosmetic, and culinary purposes.
Variations of Marigolds
- Can grow up to 3 feet tall
- Flower is a large globe shape at 5 inches across
- Colors come in yellow and orange.NOT RED.
- Grow 5 to 18 inches tall
- Smaller flowers at about 2 inches across
- Comes in red, orange, yelow and yellow-red combinations
- Small compact plants with small,single clusters in lacy foliage
- Come in yellow and orange varieties
- Edible and has a spicy tarragon flavor
- Hybrid of African and French Marigolds
- Grow to about 12 to 18 inches
- Has combined qualities of parent flowers
- Calendula Marigolds are effective herbs for the treatment of skin problems where there is inflammation of the skin due to infection or physical damage(ie. crural ulceration, impetigo, sebaceous cysts, etc.)
- Calendula as an ointment can repair minor skin damage (ie. sunburn, broken capillaries, warts, etc.
- Pigments in Marigolds are sometimes used in food coloring for humans and livestock
- They are used as offerings and decorations at funerals, weddings, and other ceremonies in South Asia