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Pot marigold, also known as calendula (Calendula officinalis) is an annual herb it has been used for various medicinal and culinary purposes for centuries. Despite its common name this plant is not a marigold it belongs to the daisy family (Asteraceae). It is native to the Mediterranean region but is now widely cultivated in gardens around the world. grows up to 60 cm tall and has green lance-shaped leaves. The flowers are bright orange or yellow and bloom from early summer until the first frost. They have a distinctively spicy aroma and are edible, with a slightly bitter flavor.


Pot marigold has anti-inflammatory, antifungal, and antibacterial properties. It has been used to treat wounds, cuts, bruises, insect bites, and skin rashes. It is also used for digestive problems, menstrual cramps, and as an antispasmodic.


The petals are edible and can be used to add color to salads, soups, and stews. They have a slightly bitter taste and a tangy aroma.


Pot marigold oil is used in various cosmetic products like soaps, creams, and lotions due to its anti-inflammatory and skin-soothing properties.


Pot marigold petals have been used as a natural dye for fabrics using alum as the mordant. 


Pot marigold has been used in traditional medicine in many cultures. For example, in India, it is used as a remedy for jaundice and fever.


Pot marigold is also believed to have spiritual and symbolic properties. In some cultures, it is associated with the sun, and its bright yellow and orange petals are used in religious ceremonies and rituals.


With any herbal remedy, it is important to consult with a healthcare professional before using it for medicinal purposes, especially if you are pregnant or taking other medications.



Pot Marigold (Calendula officinalis)


    Pot marigold prefers well-draining soil that is rich in organic matter. It can grow in both acidic and alkaline soils.

    Pot marigold grows best in full sun to partial shade.

    Pot marigold requires regular watering to keep the soil moist, especially during hot and dry weather. However, it can tolerate periods of drought.

    Pot marigold does not require heavy fertilization. A light application of balanced fertilizer in the spring can be beneficial.

    Deadheading the spent blooms can encourage pot marigold to produce more flowers and extend the blooming period.

    Pot marigold is generally pest-free, but it can attract aphids and spider mites. If you notice these pests, spray the plant with a natural solution.

    Harvest the flowers of pot marigold as needed. The flowers can be used fresh or dried for medicinal or culinary purposes.

  • Untreated seeds

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