Calendula Seeds | Calendula officinalis
Calendula is second to none when it comes to soothing and calming skin inflammation. A wonderful introductory plant to any budding herbalist, this easy-to-grow flower is extremely gentle but quite potent, with resins and terpenes that have shown strong antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory actions.
Calendula has bright yellow to orange, sticky, resinous flowers and is in the Aster/Daisy/Sunflower family. Though commonly called “pot marigold”, calendula should not be confused with true “marigolds” in the genus Tagetes, which is considered safe to eat, but not medicinally equivalent to calendula.
Approximately 50 seeds, harvested for 2023
Grown using only compost, water, & organic fertilizer, our plants are never treated or sprayed with anything at all.
Lifecycle: Annual 40-50 days to maturity (can behave as a perennial in zone 8 and above)
Region: Native to Eurasia
Actions: Anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, astringent, vulnerary, antispasmodic, lymphatic, emmenagogue, antifungal.
Parts used: Flower, including calyx
Skin inflammation, bruises, wounds, diaper rash, burns, ingrown nails, acne, gastric ulcer, colitis, painful or delayed menstruation, postpartum healing, hemorrhoids, cracked nipples, mastitis
Planting: Sow the seed directly in the garden in the early spring, while soils are still cool. Seeds sown in fall will germinate in Spring. Grows well as a container plant.
Location: Prefers moist garden soil in full sun.
Germination: 1 week
The majority of our seeds offered are saved from our small medicinal plant farm right here in Oregon's Willamette Valley.
Our plants are grown only with water, compost, & organic fertilizer. NEVER sprayed with herbicides, pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, or anything else.
There are some seeds that we have not been able to harvest in abundance ourselves yet, so these are provided by a farm here in Oregon that is certified organic by the USDA and Oregon Tilth.
Always check with local authorities (such as your county extension) to see if non-native plants are invasive or noxious in your region.
Noxious plants are illegal to grow and cannot be shipped across state borders. Invasive species should never be intentionally planted, but should be harvested from the wild instead. They may hold medicinal value but they can destroy native ecosystems and habitats.
There are likely less destructive alternatives with similar medicinal value that you can plant.