Flower of the Day of the Dead – Cempasúchil

Flower of the Day of the Dead – Cempasúchil

Cempasúchil (Tagetes erecta) is an annual plant, originally native to Mexico, known in English as Mexican marigold, Aztec marigold, or wrongly, African marigold.  Used as the traditional flor de muertos (flower of the dead) in Mexico, cempasúchil is extensively found adorning tombs, and in offerings for All Saints Day, and Day of the Dead (November 1 and 2). In my garden, cempasúchil was one of the new-to-me backyard crops this year; back in September, the plants showed a precocious blooming peak, and I wondered if there would be any flowers left by early November ... click on title for more