Etiquette & superstition: marigolds

It’s interesting to me that only some flower names are popular as girls’ names. Poppy, Rose, Lily, Daisy, Violet – yes. Marigold, Snapdragon, Black-Eyed Susan – no.

ETIQUETTE: Suitors should probably stay away from ladies wearing marigolds upon their person, as a marigold worn on a lady’s bosom signifies indifference and one worn in the hair indicates mental anguish. Marigolds are appropriate flowers to place at a gravesite, which I find strange because many in the gardening field consider marigolds to be somewhat tacky and cheap.

SUPERSTITION: If you take a marigold and mix it in some water, rubbing the water over your eyelids will give you the ability to see fairies, but perhaps this is because picking marigolds will turn  you into a drunkard. Marigolds may get you all messed up, but they can fix you right up too – they cure headache, toothaches, depression, smallpox and snakebites.

Photo by THE Holy Hand Grenade! on Flickr

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