Depending on your background, you probably know marigold for one of two things: religious celebrations (Dia De Los Muertos or festivals in India) or as a great garden companion to tomatoes.

The name “marigold” literally means “Mary’s gold” from Catholic patrons dropping this flower on statues of Jesus’ mother in place of gold coins. They last a very long time out of water and are thought to protect nearby plants (such as tomatoes) from nematodes, hornworms and thrips. Newer varieties such as “Jedi” now make them a great cut flower too.
Depending on your background, you probably know marigold for one of two things: religious celebrations (Dia De Los Muertos or festivals in India) or as a great garden companion to tomatoes.

The name “marigold” literally means “Mary’s gold” from Catholic patrons dropping this flower on statues of Jesus’ mother in place of gold coins. They last a very long time out of water and are thought to protect nearby plants (such as tomatoes) from nematodes, hornworms and thrips. Newer varieties such as “Jedi” now make them a great cut flower too.

Flower Facts

SEASON

summer, fall

COLORS

yellow, orange

COMPANIONS

Mint, basil (most people don’t love the smell, so adding a fragrant filler is a good idea), or alone. These can be strung on a thread and used as garlands and curtains.

GALLERY

Be inspired with bouquets and arrangements that feature the Marigold

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