Spanish explorers brought them from Mexico to Europe in the 16th century. It’s not clear why these plants were called marigolds, though it has been speculated : Mary’s Gold after the Virgin Mary.
|Marigolds (Tagetes) in a public display|
A native marigold with botanical name Calendula already existed in Europe, noted by the Romans to flower all year round. It had medicinal properties and was also used as a yellow food dye by adding dried petals directly to the cooking pot or indirectly by feeding flowers to chickens to intensify the yellowness of their egg yolks.
|Pot Marigolds (Calendula) - brighter than the sunshine|
|Pot Marigolds (Calendula) light up my garden on rainy days|
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