Marigolds usually symbolize passion and creativity, according to ProFlowers. Marigold flowers feature intense colors which make them ideal for decorations during festivities. The flowers are edible, which is why it is possible to use them as a substitute for spices such as saffron.
When an individual gives marigold flowers to a loved one, it usually means they are passionately attracted to them. The flower is also used in various arts to depict creativity. Some people believe this plant contains healing elements which is why it was used as treatment for the plague in Medieval England. The strong scent emitted from these flowers helps keep insects away as well.