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Calendula Officinalis

By: Crystal L'Bussey-Dutton


Calendula Officinalis, Pot Marigold



Sow directly into garden after last frost or start indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost date. When seedlings have grown to about 4 inches tall thin to 12 inches apart. Grows to about 2 feet tall while dwarf varieties grow 6-8 inches tall. Deadheading promotes increased blooms and will bloom early summer to first frost. Does best in cool to warm temperature. If you live in hot climates plant calendula where there can be some shade during the hottest part of the day. Has been known to self-sow and regrow the next year.

Light requirements:

Full Sun

Soil requirements:

Well draining soil but will tolerate most soil types


Moist not wet


Harvest when blooms first open.

Once blooming starts harvesting can be done all season.

Parts Used:

Petals and Flower heads

Herbal Actions:

Anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, detoxifying, antimicrobial, antiviral, relieves muscle spasms, astringent, prevents hemorrhaging, heals wound, antioxidant


Medical Uses:


Grows well with tomatoes, carrots, and asparagus


Has been known to cause allergic reactions to those sensitive to daisies and ragweed like species

*Should not be taken internally while pregnant*

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