Did You Know? This bright, flowering herb opens its gold blossoms in the morning and closes them at dusk, or when rain threatens.
Calendula is native to Asia and southern and central Europe. Early settlers brought the herb to North America where it has become a garden favorite. It is cultivated throughout the world and valued for its culinary and medicinal uses. The first name, "Calendula," is from the Latin "Kalendae," the word Romans used to indicate that it bloomed throughout the year in their area. The second name "Officinalis" indicates that calendula was included in official lists of medicinal herbs.
Please Note: Persons with allergies to other members of the Asteraceae family (such as feverfew, chamomile, or Echinacea species) should exercise caution with calendula, as allergic cross-reactivity to Asteraceae plants is common.
Latin Name: Calendula Officinalis
Common Names: Gold-bloom, Marigold, Marybud, Pot Marigold