Calendula – A Flower, Herb, and….Salad Ingredient?

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A Hardy Annual that can reduce pain and inflammation while also dressing up a salad.   Sounds like a fun plant to play with, No?

Plant Specifics

  • Name: Calendula Officinalis (Pot Marigold)
  • Zone: 5 to 11
  • Height: 24 inches
  • Soil Type:Rich & well drained
  • Ph Range: 6.0 to 7.5
  • Preferences: Sunny to partial shade
  • Germination: 10 days @ 59°F to 68°F
  • Bloom: Mid-Summer till 1st Frost

Planting Guide

Early Indoors:

Plant 6 Weeks Before Last Spring Frost.   Place seeds 1/4 inch deep in seed starting mix and moisten.  Keep Warm (70°F) and moist and sprouting should occur within 15 days.  Place in Fullest Sun available as soon as sprouting has occurred.


Plant seedlings 10 inches apart in Rich, Well drained soil, After the Last Spring Frost.

Direct Sow:

Sow seed directly in the Garden After the Last Spring Frost.  Thin to 10 inches.


Twice weekly, keep well watered but not wet feet.


Watch out for Aphids.

Calendula will re-seed it’s beds on it’s own if you let it.

It is also a good Companion Planting for Tomatoes as it deters the Tomato Horn-worm.


Harvesting can begin in Early Summer.  Pick all Dead or wilting Blooms to encourage additional and continued Bloom Growth.

Harvest the best looking petals for Salads and the rest for other Medicinal uses.

Harvesting can be continuous until the First Fall Frost.


Our Table

We have never grown this before so this year will be a first.

According to All research:

Calendula is traditionally used as a culinary and medicinal herb.  Petals are edible and frequently used to dress-up mundane Salads, color Cheeses, and accentuate Soups and Stews.

Medicinal Uses

A poultice to cure Warts, an Infusion of the flowers to reduce Fever, the Infusion used topically to heal wounds and ease the pain of a Sting;

Calendula is truly a wondrous Plant.

One I’ll be glad to have in the Garden this year.

How about giving it a try along with me this year?


As always, Please feel free to email or comment on this Post with feedback, suggestions, or thoughts. I always like to hear them.

Until next Time…Stay Curious!!

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One Response to Calendula – A Flower, Herb, and….Salad Ingredient?

  1. Tim says:

    Great write up on the marigold. This may be a little off topic but another type of marigold, Tagetes erecta and Tagetes patula, can be used to help control certain destructive types of soil dwelling nematodes.
    I used to have problems with them in my garden when I just mixed some compost in with the sand in my beds. Now I am using all raised beds and make my own soil mix without using any of our native sand which is a little more than useless.

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