One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A plant of the daisy family, typically with yellow, orange, or copper-brown flowers, that is widely cultivated as an ornamental.
Genera Tagetes (the French and African marigolds) and Calendula (the common (or pot) marigold), family Compositae
- ‘Their garden includes an impressive display of petunias, orange marigolds and lilies, and hundreds of eye-catching colours are on display.’
- ‘It is also know as pot marigold, but should not to be confused with the common garden marigolds of the Tagetes species.’
- ‘If you have a history of allergy to daisies, ragweed, marigolds, chrysanthemums, or related plants, you may be more at risk of having an allergic reaction to echinacea.’
- ‘The air is awash with the fragrance of marigolds as families weep and hug their departing ones: proud and sad and a little apprehensive, but incredibly happy for what the future holds.’
- ‘Fast-growing annuals such as nasturtium, candytuft and pot marigold can still be sown.’
- ‘The field was dotted with a wide assortment of colors, both vibrant in their autumn oranges and yellow marigolds and subdued with pastels of pink and sky.’
- ‘Almost hypnotic he thought, and upon closing his eyes he saw a vast field of marigolds and daisies that had covered the backyard to his home.’
- ‘There were also carnations, marigolds and daisies planted around the sides of the garden.’
- ‘Most people are familiar with pot marigold and nasturtium, my favourite good-value plant with its peppery-tasting leaves, decorative edible flowers, and plump seeds that can be pickled as capers.’
- ‘Calendula, also known as Scotch or pot marigold, is another old trouper.’
- ‘These included lilacs, lindens, Virginia creeper, marigolds, sunflowers, honeysuckle, pinks, and daisies.’
- ‘Poppies, sweet peas, pot marigold and gilia are all waiting in our yard for attention.’
- ‘If you are tempted to plant annual flower seedlings, consider the most heat-tolerant ones such as petunias, calendulas, cosmos & African marigolds.’
- ‘I went upstairs on the roof and sat among the potted plants, among the violets and chrysanthemums and marigolds and daisies.’
- ‘Its fern-like foliage provides a soft background for smaller sun-loving petunias, daisies, marigolds and others.’
- ‘There were daisies, petunias, tulips, marigolds, and sunflowers.’
- ‘The yellow of their egg yolks will be an even more intense golden color thanks to the natural orange pigments in the marigolds.’
- ‘Dark-leafed Heuchera ‘Palace Purple’ and bright orange pot marigold add contrast and stop the group looking wishy-washy.’
- ‘For example - a bright blue pot planted with orange marigolds stands out in any setting.’
- ‘Vibrant orange marigolds sit quite comfortably close to the paler blue cornflower.’
- 1.1 Used in names of other plants with yellow flowers, e.g., corn marigold, marsh marigold.
Late Middle English: from the given name Mary (probably referring to the Virgin) + dialect gold, denoting the corn or garden marigold in Old English.
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