Calendula Flower History
To plant Calendula, either purchase not-yet-flowering flats from a local nursery or sow seeds directly in the ground after any danger of frost has passed. Soil should be mulched so it retains moisture for the developing roots. These flowers appreciate cool temperatures and fertilized, nutrient-rich soil, but they survive nicely under poor conditions.
Calendula will grow to be a foot
or two in height. Its blooms
are usually yellow
and similar to strawflowers.
These flowers have the unique tendency
to follow the sun throughout the day.
Spent blooms should be pinched off
for repeat color, and the plant should
be pulled and composted if it starts
to look worn.
are hugely medicinal and have been
recognized as such for centuries.
Florets are dried in the summer
shade and made into different remedies.
An ancient beverage was brewed with
the petals and taken to relieve indigestion.
Ointment made from the blooms
were said to cure skin or eye irritations
and toothaches. Florets are
antiseptic, astringent, and antioxidant.
They relieve inflammation and
muscle spasms. They are also
used to heal open wounds and prevent
This flower gets its name from the Latin word meaning: "through the months." It certainly has proven to be a tried and true addition to any herb garden. Calendula is edible and used to add color or flavor to salads, soups and other foods. It also has religious connotations after being used in different cultures to adorn the heads of religious statues.