Calendula officinalis

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Common Name: Pot Marigold

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Description

Asteraceae (family name)
Forage for Pollinators: Produces Nectar and Pollen for Bumblebees and other bees including Honeybees.
Flowering time: May, June, July, August, September, October, November.
Growing information: HARDY ANNUALS. Growing to 45cm (18”) by 30cm (12”). Sow in March, April or May ideally in drifts for a stunning display of these bright orange flowers right up until the first frosts. They are fast-growing and adapt to almost any soil including coastal. The petals of the flower-heads are edible and can be added to salads as garnish. *Medicinally it been shown to help wounds heal faster, possibly by increasing blood flow and oxygen to the affected area, which helps the body grow new tissue. It is also used to improve skin hydration and firmness. The dried petals of the calendula plant are used in tinctures, ointments, and washes to treat burns, bruises, and cuts, as well as the minor infections they cause. Calendula also has been shown to help prevent dermatitis or skin inflammation in breast cancer patients during radiation therapy. Parts used: petals*. (source University of Maryland Medical Centre).