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Calendula, also known as pot marigold, is at the top of the most popular annuals in the garden list. Well known for its healing properties and edible flowers (leaves also), this flower looks great in any garden. Easy to grow, seeds can be started indoors in the late winter, or sow them directly into the garden in the spring. When you deadhead spent flowers it promotes the plant to produce additional blooms. This species is an Old World potherb and garden plant that was quite popular in England at the time of Shakespeare. This medicinal plant was mentioned back in the 12th century in the writings of the Saint Hildegard von Bingen.
Bright yellow to deep orange.
Calendula usually grows from 45 to 61 cm (18 to 24") tall.
This flower has been used for centuries, both internally and topically, to heal wounds, burns, and rashes. The cheerful flowers are a traditional remedy for supporting the immune system. The antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of calendula make it a good face wash for dry, irritated skin and acne. Fresh calendula petals can also be infused in boiling water and used to treat minor infections, conjunctivitis, and mouth sores. The edible ray florets of the flower heads have antioxidant compounds.
Depending on the fibre and the mordant, calendula flowers produce light, lemon yellows, olive/browns, and light browns.
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