Standout color combination.
2–3″ wide, double and semidouble blooms. Creamy petals with hints of gold contrast beautifully with a dark center disk. Tall, vigorous, healthy plants yield sturdy stems. Also known as pot marigold, common marigold, and Scotch marigold.
• Edible Flowers: Petals of the flowers can be used fresh or dried in “flower confetti,” soups, soufflés, rice dishes, baked goods, and to garnish desserts. Calendula is a popular choice for brightening up salad mix. Flavor is tangy and slightly bitter. Remove the petals from the flower base before consuming as the base can be quite bitter.
The most common use for Calendula is topical and it is used in the form of oil, lotions, salve, toner, and cream/ointment. This is in large part due to the antibacterial and inflammatory properties this plant is believed to have. Far less popular health preparations include tincture and tea in extremely low doses.
These various remedies are used for:
- Minor wounds
- Superficial burns and sunburn
- Dry and itchy skin
- Insect bites and stings
- Easing hemorrhoids
When taken internally as a tea or diluted tincture, Calendula may ease constipation and abdominal cramps and boost the immune system.
OUTSIDE GROWN FROM SUMMER TO FROST IN THE TOWER GARDEN
SEED NAME: Ivory Princess Calendula Seed from Johnny’s Selected Seeds
LATIN NAME: Calendula officinalis