Calendula officinalis

Botanical Name: Calendula officinalis

Phonetic: Kuh-LEN-dyoo-luh o-fiss-ih-NAL-luss

Common Name(s): Calendula/English Marigold/Pot Marigold

Family: Compositae
Origin: Mediterranean, Egypt, Southern Europe
Plant Type: Herbaceous perennial, biannual
Persistence: Tender

Leaf Type: Simple
Number of Leaflets:
Leaf Color: Green
Fall Color: –
Texture: Medium
Density: Medium
Bloom Season: June to early November
Flower Color(s): Yellow or orange

Exposure: Full sun or part shade
USDA: 2-11
Growth Rate: Fast          
Height: 1-3 Feet
Spread: 1-3 Feet
Hydrozone: Low to medium
Pest/Diseases: Very tolerant
Soil: Well-drained soil

Maintenance: Flowering season can be prolonged when old flower heads are removed

Features: Calendula is known for its large flower heads, strong unpleasant odor, edible plant, used for dyes, cosmetics, perfumes, medicinal plant, showy flowers, attracts butterflies, repels pests in the garden, enhances soil with nutrients
Uses: Cottage garden, dried flowers, herb garden, rock garden, borders, flower garden, butterfly garden, cover crop, in spray for a natural pest repellant for other plants

Medicinal Properties: Calming, anti-inflammatory, slightly astringent and antiseptic, cooling energy, flowers and deep orange essential oils can be used in elixirs, slaves, balms, and infused oils for all types of skin, beneficial for environmentally damaged, inflamed, cracked, chapped, or infected skin, great for children and elderly, sticky sap can be used to remove warts, fresh flower juice can be used for minor infections, stings, bites, and skin abrasions

Source: Hands On Healing Remedies, Stephanie L. Tourles

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