October Flowers: The Marigold & The Cosmos

Did you know that each month of the year has its own specific flower, or oftentimes more than one? Follow along as we do a series on these ‘birth month flowers’ and you’ll be sure to learn something new and exciting! In October, the traditional birth flowers are the marigold and the cosmos.

In the heart of the Ozark Mountains, as the crispness of fall starts to paint the trees with vivid colors, two flowers stand out with their vibrant hues and striking presence: the marigold and the cosmos.

Both these flowers bring with them rich histories, deep meanings, and the ability to bring smiles to any face.

Marigolds are vibrant flowers often recognized for their rich, golden-yellow hues, though they can also come in shades of orange, red, and even creamy white. Their petals are dense and layered, creating a full and rounded bloom.

Depending on the variety, marigolds can have either a single or double set of petals. The leaves are fern-like, medium green, and have a unique aromatic scent. The entire flower is set atop a long, slender stem, which makes it stand out prominently in gardens and bouquets.

Cosmos flowers, on the other hand, are dainty and ethereal, with a radiating arrangement of petals that look like they are dancing in the wind.

Their petals are thin and silky, extending outward from a bright yellow center. These flowers can be found in a palette of colors, including white, pink, magenta, and deep purple.

The leaves of cosmos are finely cut into thread-like segments, giving them a feathery appearance. Their stems are long and slender, often with multiple blooms per stem, which lends a wildflower grace to any setting they’re placed in.

In this article, we’re going to explore both varieties of flower—and also describe why they make such good options for gifts in October, right here in the Ozarks.

Let’s dive into it.

What Do Marigolds and Cosmos Flowers Mean?

Marigolds are often associated with the sun because of their golden color, which is as warm as the autumnal sunsets in Springfield, MO. They symbolize passion, creativity, and warmth. In many cultures, they hold spiritual significance, representing the beauty of life and the memories of loved ones.

Cosmos, on the other hand, get their name from the Greek word for ‘orderly’, hinting at the universe’s harmony and vastness. They stand for peace, tranquility, and love. With their delicate petals and diverse palette, ranging from white to deep purple, cosmos flowers offer an intricate balance of beauty and meaning.

The History of the Marigold and the Cosmos Flower

Marigolds, known scientifically as Tagetes, have roots tracing back to the Aztecs in Mexico, who believed they had magical properties, using them in rituals and as decorative motifs. They eventually made their way to Europe and Asia, where their popularity surged.

Cosmos flowers, belonging to the genus Compositae, are native to the scrub and meadowlands of Mexico. Spanish priests in Mexico cultivated them in mission gardens, and they soon traveled the world—with their ethereal beauty being especially admired in places like Japan.

For Springfield residents and those in the broader Ozark region, both these flowers have grown to be a part of the landscape, reminding locals of the rich tapestry of cultures that have influenced the region.

Why Marigolds and Cosmos Flowers Make Amazing Gifts

Apart from their visual appeal, marigolds and cosmos flowers embody the spirit of the Ozarks. Gifting them is not just a gesture of affection but, also a nod to the rich traditions and nature of this region.

Their meanings of love, peace, and creativity resonate deeply, making them perfect for birthdays, anniversaries, or simply to brighten someone’s day.

Tips For Keeping Marigolds And Cosmos Flowers Fresh After Cutting

Thankfully, keeping these flowers looking fresh and amazing after cutting isn’t that difficult. Here are some tips to help!

  1. Morning Harvest: Aim to cut these blossoms during the early hours; this is when they’ve absorbed the most moisture and are at their freshest.
  2. Use Clean-Cutting Tools: Utilize a very sharp knife to provide a neat cut without harming the stem.
  3. Immediate Hydration: Submerge the cut stems into water promptly to maintain their vitality.
  4. Refresh the Water Periodically: Regularly replacing the water wards off bacteria, extending the vibrancy and life of the flowers.
  5. Shade is Key: Though these flowers thrive in sunlight when planted, their longevity as cut flowers is enhanced when shielded from direct sun and heat.


As October graces the Ozark Mountains with its cool breezes and colorful canvas, marigolds and cosmos may prove to be more than worthy of being ambassadors of your sentiments.

And if you ever find yourself in need of these beautiful blooms, or any flowers for that matter, we’d love for you to come visit us at Linda’s Flowers.

After all, we do have a reputation here in the Ozarks for being ‘The best in the bloomin’ business!’