Marigold is a genus of herbaceous plants in the sunflower family. Marigold is also known as tagetes. The genus is native to North and South America, but it is cultivated all over the world. The marigold flower is golden, orange, yellow or white, with bright brown highlights. The name of the plant is derived from Mary's Gold, a name that was once used to refer to Calendula. The flower has a musky, pungent scent and is used as an essential oil source in the perfume industry and as a flavoring agent in the food and tobacco industry.