Calendula or Pot Marigold, Calendula officinalis
DESCRIPTION AND CULTURE: This bright and cheery Asteraceae sports brilliant orange and lustrous yellow flowers that bloom until frost- that is if you keep picking them throughout the season. We harvest ours twice a week or if I just had a couple plants, I would harvest every other day. Calendula would benefit from a boost of organic fertilizer half way through the season in the north. It does not like the heat, so grows well all summer in temperate zones, but it performs better in the spring or fall in the South.
PART USED: flowers
FUNCTION: Useful for all topical skin problems. Extracted as an infusion or a heated/ solar extraction in oil. This can be applied on skin directly or used in a bath. A poultice of the flowers can be applied directly on the skin and the flowers can be eaten in salads for a gourmet touch.