Orange King Pot Marigold Calendula officinalis Orange King

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Botanical Name:

Calendula officinalis Orange King

Family:

Asteraceae

Genus:

Calendula

Species:

officinalis

Cultivar:

Orange King

Common Name:

Orange King Pot Marigold

Height:
18-24 inches
Minimum Hardiness Zone:
annual

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  • Calendula officinalis Orange King

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Growing Info:
Scarification: none required.
Stratification: none required.
Germination: sow seed 3/8" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed.
In a Nutshell:
* Calendula officinalis ( Pot Marigold ) is a plant in the genus Calendula (marigolds), in the family Asteraceae. It is probably native to southern Europe though its long history of cultivation makes its precise origin unknown, and may possibly be of garden origin. more...
* They are very rich in vitamins and minerals and are similar to Taraxacum officinale (Dandelion) in nutritional value.
* Fresh petals are chopped and added to salads. The dried petals have a more concentrated flavour and are used as a seasoning in soups, cakes etc.
* When eaten they first of all impart a viscid sweetness, followed by a strong penetrating taste of a saline nature.
* High in vitamins A and C. An edible yellow dye is obtained from the petals. A saffron substitute, it is used to colour and flavour rice, soups etc. It is also used as a hair rinse, adding golden tints to brown or auburn hair.
* A tea is made from the petals and flowers, that made from the petals is less bitter.
* These early blooming flowers are very important bee forage for spring flowers.
* This plant re seeds giving years of beauty and nectar in the garden.
Comments:
An annual with orange flowers to 4"; good cut flower, easy from seed; edible flowers; native to southern Europe.
Medicinal Comments:

This beautiful plant is high in vitamins A and C. Known to lift the spirits, Calendula officinalis flowers are used as an oil extract topically for skin abrasions to promote healing. The edible flowers are known to lift the spirits and help internally in digestion and gynecological problems with antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties. The responsibility for using plants medicinally is yours. We cannot assume any liability for any detrimental influences.

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