Tagetes erecta

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Noun1.Tagetes erecta - a stout branching annual with large yellow to orange flower headsTagetes erecta - a stout branching annual with large yellow to orange flower heads; Mexico and Central America
marigold - any of various tropical American plants of the genus Tagetes widely cultivated for their showy yellow or orange flowers
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Jose Sanchez, 37, who heads the Aztec dancing group that performed Sunday, said the dead are thought to visit the living on Day of the Dead and the cempasuchil is traditionally placed to form a path leading them back to their resting place after the festival.
Cempasuchil or yellow marigolds and other flowers such as the purple Mano de Leon or cockscomb are sold in the markets for decorating altars and gravesites.
Meanwhile the men and young boys prepare the wooden-stick trellises known as arcos, which are first covered with the traditional flowers of the dead - the cempasuchil, or yellow marigolds.