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Marigold, French


Scientific name: Tagetes erecta  

Family: Asteraceae

Origin: C America

Medicinal use: Marigold French are grown and harvested annually to add to poultry feed to help give the yolks a golden color. The florets can also be used to color human foods. A golden yellow dye is used to color animal-based textiles (wool, silk) without a mordant, but a mordant is needed for cotton and synthetic textiles. French marigolds are also easy to grow and care for.

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