The common “pot marigold” is one of many medicinal herbs in the garden.
Whether displaying bright orange or sunny yellow flowers, calendula (also called pot marigold) is one of the most essential parts of your garden medicine chest.
Those aromatic flowering heads can be collected and made into oils and salves to help heal skin injuries of all kinds.
Make sure you grow only C. officinalis, and not any of the many “marigolds” (Tagetes spp.) or ornamental varieties that are available.
Calendula can grow to almost 2 feet tall, and the flowers tend to open with sunny, dry weather and close in cold or moist conditions.
Growing: Calendula enjoys full sun—or even partial shade, in hot summer regions—and average soil, and has moderate water needs. If flower production dwindles, you can cut back the plants to increase new flower production. Calendula will self-sow yearly in many gardens, and it doesn’t mind crowding. Direct-sow the seed in early spring or late fall, as it can withstand some frost.
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