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What Does the Flower Calendula Represent?

By Paula Ezop ; Updated September 21, 2017
Calendula - Member of the Marigold Family
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Flowers have a language of their own. This language can be accredited to the Victorian era, a time of strict etiquette, when one was limited in methods to show or express feelings of love and affection. To be able to show feelings, people created the "language of the flowers.” Flowers were given different meanings – meanings that conveyed different sentiments. There were birth-month flowers; flowers that were given in accordance to the month that a person was born in. The calendula is the flower for those with a birthday in the month of October.


It is said that the birth flower tradition began during the Roman Empire. The calendula, or marigold, was given by friends and family to celebrate those with a birthday in the month of October.

Religious History

The calendula was used by the early Christians who would place this beautiful, bright flower next to statues of the Virgin Mary. They called it Mary’s Gold. It was also considered a sacred flower during ancient times in India, where the flowers would be placed around the necks of holy statues.

Birth Flower Meaning

The colors of the calendula flower are yellow or orange, which represent the path of the sun throughout an autumn day. It is thought that the flower holds all of the sunlight of autumn. Those with an autumn birthday are said to be warm, friendly and easy going.

Hidden Message – Language of Flowers

The Victorians' hidden message in sending the calendula flower was, “My thoughts are with you.” In the language of flowers the calendula flower means “winning grace.”

Flower Symbolism

The symbolic meaning of the calendula flower is grief, despair and sorrow.


About the Author


Paula M. Ezop’s inspirational column "Following the Spiritual Soul" appeared in "Oconee Today," a Scripps Howard publication. She has published her first book, "SPIRITUALITY for Mommies," and her children's chapter book, "The Adventures of Penelope Star," will be published by Wiggles Press. Ezop has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northeastern Illinois University and has been writing for 10 years.