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Marigold

Image of the Day 2/5/2016

( Tagetes sp. )

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The common name Marigold is apparently related to the Virgin Mary in Christian stories (Mary’s Gold). In the prehispanic Mexican culture the Marigold has cultural meaning as the flower of the dead. Marigold today has economical importance as twin cultivation along side with tomato, eggplant, and other cultivations, because it’s presence is a deterrent for some common insect pests. Marigold is also use for extraction of essential oil for perfume industry, and also as food flavorant and colorant.

 

Height: up to 2 m.
Origin: South-Western USA, Mexico, Central and Southern America
Environment: on well-drained sandy soils
Climate: hot, warm

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