5 Facts About Marigolds You Probably Didn't Know

Marigolds are a popular flower to grow because of their colorful petals and ease of care. 

Marigolds are not only beautiful, but they also attract pollinators, repel pests, and are tasty.

They also have some unique cultural and symbolic meanings that are sometimes missed. 

Marigold flowers were once employed in ancient Aztec rites and are now associated with Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) in Mexico and the United States.

Here are some amazing facts about marigolds that will make these plants even more appealing and worth planting in your garden.

Marigolds are native to the Americas, despite their confusing common names, with over 50 species native to North, Central, and South America.

For example, the African marigold (Tagetes erecta) became known to Europeans as a result of seeds imported from Africa before being brought back to North America for cultivation.

Similarly, French marigolds are not native to France. They were widely cultivated in France, with several varieties produced and sold throughout the English-speaking globe, thus the popular name.

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