Monday, 8 September 2014

'Mary's Gold' aka Marigolds!

The common name in English, "marigold", is derived from "Mary's gold", a name first applied to a similar plant native to Europe, Calendula officinalis.  In Nepal, it is called 'शयपत्री' that means hundred-leafed flower, referring to its many florets per head.  Depending on the species, marigold foliage has a musky, pungent scent, though some varieties have been bred to be scentless.  The florets of these flowers are rich in the orange-yellow cartenoid lutein & are sometimes extracted and used as a food colouring for humans and livestock!

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