Between their vibrant golden, orange and yellow colors and powerful aroma, marigolds are some of the most beautiful and exciting fall flowers to include in bouquets and arrangements. But did you know these beauties are also October's birth flower? To celebrate the month of marigolds, which are also known as calendula, here are five other fun facts you may not have known about these flowers:
1. All in the Family
You may be able to guess what floral family marigolds are in, based on their golden colors, plethora of petals and pretty, symmetrical shape. They're part of the Asteraceae family, which also includes such delightful blooms as daisies, asters and sunflowers!
2. A Floral Beauty Fix
Marigolds are known for being healing, especially for the skin and eyes. In ointment form, these flowers are used to help treat everything from varicose veins to skin lesions. Plus, they're often included in cosmetics because of their restorative properties. When it comes to eye health, marigolds are thought to help prevent age-related macular degeneration because they contain luteins, which are important nutrients found in many foods.
3. Aztec Lore
Calendula blossoms are native to the Americas, and the Aztecs loved the charming blossoms as much as we do today. Members of the ancient culture actually believed marigolds were protective, so they carried them during dangerous tasks and used them to help heal critical injuries. Marigolds are also the official flower for Day of the Dead celebrations in Mexico because of their vibrancy and aroma!
4. Bugs, Be Gone
Another practical property of marigolds? They're resistant to a lot of insects. Because the flowers have such a strong scent, many pests try to avoid gardens and other areas where they're growing. For that reason, some people even plant them around the edges of their gardens to keep pests out.
5. The Flower of the Rains
It isn't just the Aztecs that have attached lore to this pretty flower. Some believe that the flower can predict when it will rain – if the blossoms open in the morning, it's said there will be rain later in the day.
Do you know a friend or loved one whose birthday is in October? If so, flowers make the perfect gift! Find a local florist and send a pretty arrangement their way – it'll definitely add some extra brightness to their special day.