Calendula (Calendula officinalis)
Calendula (Calendula officinalis)
Calendula (Calendula officinalis)
Calendula (Calendula officinalis)
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Calendula (Calendula officinalis)

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Bring a little sunshine and cheer into your garden!  You can't help but smile when you see a cheerful, bright orange calendula flower smiling back at you.  This beautiful marigold is edible and also provides beautiful medicine.  At our farm, it blooms almost year-round!  Although it's technically an annual, it has an amazing ability to re-seed itself so it pops up year after year.

Why We Love It

Here are some of the reasons why we love calendula...

1) SOOTHING - Calendula is very soothing for topical heat and irritation.  It's great on burns, boils, rashes, and sunburn. 

2) - PROTECTOR - Calendula helps to stimulate the immune system, so can be used to help with sore throats, infections, and swollen glands.

3) DELICIOUS - Calendula flowers are as delicious as they are beautiful.  Sprinkle the petals in your salads for a gorgeous pop of yummy color. 

How to Grow It

Here's how to grow Calendula:

SUN FULL SUN
MOISTURE LIKES GARDEN MOISTURE 
GROWING ZONES USDA ZONES 3-10  (Not sure? Find your growing zone here)
SIZE  18 INCHES TALL & WIDE
PRO TIP Calendula prefers cooler weather.  This plant is a wonderful annual re-seeder.  It will drop seeds and pop up the following year.  It seems to grow best from seed that is planted in Fall or early Spring.  

 

How to Harvest & Use It

The parts of the calendula that are used for eating and medicine are the beautiful flowers.  They can be used fresh or dried.  Here's a great video from the Herbal Jedi about how to use calendula: