Cempasuchil are the Flowers of the Dead


These particular marigold flowers are known as cempasuchil in Mexico or simply as flor de muerto, flowers for the dead, in Guatemala and Central America. The flowers of the dead are widely available during October and November and many people take them to the cemetery on Day of the Dead to decorate the tombstones and niches of the loved ones.

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Tagetes erecta, the Mexican marigold, also called Aztec marigold, is a species of the genus Tagetes native to Mexico and Central America. Despite its being native to the Americas, it is often called African marigold. In Mexico, this plant is found in the wild in the states of San Luis Potosí, Chiapas, State of México, Puebla, Sinaloa, Tlaxcala, and Veracruz. This plant reaches heights of between 50–100 cm (20–39 in). The Aztecs gathered the wild plant as well as cultivating it for medicinal, ceremonial and decorative purposes. It is widely cultivated commercially with many cultivars in use as ornamental plants. Source: Wikipedia.

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