Calendula Fiesta Gitana, Medicinal, Organic, Edible Flower Marigold
ORGANIC CALENDULA officinalis
100+ Seeds Marigold Edible Flower Medicinal
Height: 12-24 Inches
Bloom Season: Spring/Summer/Fall
Full Sun/Partial Shade
A non-stop heirloom favorite, Calendula has long been beloved for its prolific bloom! Calendula Officinalis is annuals, but reseed itself readily in the garden. It is a bright and cheery plant that blooms all summer from May until frost. Also sometimes known as “pot marigold”, Calendula seeds are notoriously easy to grow. Calendula flowers are large (up to 4 inches across) and come in blends of yellow, orange, apricot and cream. The plant will thrive in full sun, fertile soil and cool weather, but will bloom satisfactorily in all conditions except deep shade and extreme heat. Darkness is needed to promote germination, and seeds should be covered lightly with soil.
Calendula is typically grown for its floral beauty, but it is also famously used an edible flower as well. The petals, with their slight aromatic bitterness are used in fish and meat soups, rice dishes, salads, and as a coloring for cheese and butter. The whole flower was used as a garnish in medieval times.
Calendula is usually used externally for its antiseptic and healing properties in treating skin infections, cuts, punctures, scrapes, burns and chapped or chafed skin or lips. Calendula heals wounds as well as internal and external ulcers. It is an antiseptic, and improves blood flow to the affected area. As an antifungal agent, it can be used to treat athlete's foot, ringworm, and candida. The tincture applied neat to cold sores encourages healing. Calendula cream is good for acne and diaper rash. An infusion is good for digestion and relieves colitis and symptoms of menopause. The petals or leaves can be used in a Tea to induce sweating, used as a diuretic, relieve stomach cramps, indigestion and stomachaches, and for relief from flu and fevers. Calendula infused oil is simple to prepare and has many medicinal and cosmetic uses.