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Calendula (Calendula officinalis) Herbal Plants
Calendula (Calendula officinalis)Name: Calendula (Calendula officinalis)

DESCRIPTION: Calendula is an annual plant to around 60cm tall with branched leafy stems. It bears large bright yellow or orange single or double daisy flowers from winter to summer.

ORIGIN: Southern Europe

CULTIVATION: Calendula grows very easily from seed sown from autumn to spring. The plant requires a well-drained position in full sun and it is quite drought tolerant. Fertilise with a complete fertilizer. Spent flowers should be dead-headed to promote further blooming.

USES: As well as being a very attractive ornamental plant, calendula has long been valued for its medicinal properties, especially for its soothing effects on skin complaints such as eczema and itching. The brightly coloured petals are used as a garnish and sparingly in salads. The petals are a source of yellow-orange dye used in the food industry.
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