October Birth Flower:
Calendula or Marigold is the birth flower for October. It signifies grace. The people with this as their birth flower are thought to be very spiritual. They also possess good negotiation skills an make great leaders. They enjoy the material comforts that life has to offer and work hard to get them.
About The October Flower:
Widely found in many parts of Europe, United States and western Asia there are about 15-20 species of the Calendula.
Summer is when these bloom although the plant grows throughout the year. The leaves are spirally arranges and are hairy and long. The flowers come in pastel yellow and dark orange. It grows well in the sun and has an unusual smell.
Meaning of Name and Symbolic Meaning:
The Latin word 'Kalendae' means 'first day of the month' and as the marigold blooms around the beginning of the month, it is called so. It is also called as the pot gold with references to the Virgin Mary. Holli Gold, Mary Bud, Gold Blooms and Bull's eye are few other names it is known as.
Sympathy, gratitude are few of the characteristics associated with this flower. The meaning associated with this flower has grown and changes over the years.
You can eat the marigold flower and it is also used in salads. It has a strong smell and is used to make garlands.