Common Name: Calendula
|Scientific Name: Calendula officinalis|
|Plant Type: Flowering Herb|
Soil type: sandy, loamy, clay
Height: to 3 ft
Calendula, (pot marigold) is an annual and perennial herbaceous plant in the daisy family. It is a great looking flowering plant. They have bright yellow and orange flowers and a very nice fragrance to help beauty to your home. They can reseed and are an easy plant to grow. They can be pinched back to increase bushiness and if left alone will easily grow in most of the zones. The plant can bloom from the spring through fall seasons. They add a bit of color to the Pumene Heiloom garden and can be purchased at our Pumene Amazon.com site.
You can color your herb garden, add to your meals, salad or display them around your home. The petals are edible and can be used fresh in salads. The Calendula species have been used traditionally to treat varicose veins, and other skin issues such as wounds and inflammations of the skin, mouth, and mucous membranes. The yellow dye can also extracted from the flowers to be used on cloths.
- To Dry the flower heads:
- Bring the flower heads indoors, into an area out of direct sunlight. Don’t wash the heads.
- Spread the heads out face down on a dishtowel or a screen or newspaper turning the flowers periodically.
- For dehydrators set your dehydrator to 90-95 degrees F.
- Store in a closed jar in a pantry or out of sunlight.
- To freeze flowers:
- Place them in a plastic freezer storage bag, expel as much air as possible, and place in the freezer.
- An alternative is to lay flowers out individually on a cookie sheet to freeze before putting them in a bag together. This will prevent them from sticking to each other.