All You Need to Know About the Calendula Flower
The Calendula flower falls in the family of Asteraceae and is scientifically known as Calendula officinalis. This plant is extremely gorgeous and may prove to be a perfect addition to your garden and landscape. Throughout the article we will examine everything from technical aspects of this plant including size and color to planting and proper growth procedures. Keep reading to learn more about the Calendula flower.
This beautiful plant is also known as the marigold and tends to grow anywhere from one to three feet in height. The blooms are a vibrant yellow or orange hue that adds a splash of color to your outdoor environment. Believe it or not, the plant has been used throughout the world for medical and cosmetic purposes, which will be explored in detail towards the end of this article.
Anyone planting the Calendula flower should store the seed for approximately six months before germination. Once the seed matures, it is able to be placed directly into the soil during anywhere from the first part of spring until the middle of the summer. Although this plant may need to be watered frequently, it actually does well in poor soil. In terms of sun exposure, anything from partial shade to full sun is acceptable by this non-picky plant. Anyone who desires to use this plant in a pot has definitely picked a flower that is great for this purpose. Make sure the plant is positioned somewhere that allows for adequate sun exposure to promote full maturity and healthy growth. After germinating the seed, it can take anywhere from one to two months before sprouting.
This plant is an annual and therefore does not live a very long time. However, be careful when deciding to plant the Calendula flower indoors since it tends to give off an unpleasant and relatively strong odor. For this reason, it is most popularly planted outdoors where the smell is diluted by the wind and other smells.
In terms of medical uses, it has been used for ages in order for everything from flesh wounds to ulcers. For use with wounds, it was actually used throughout the Civil War in order to help stop the bleeding of those wounded in battle. The ulcers are assisted by creating a tea of sort to be swallowed. Not only does it help with ulcers, but also may ease the pain of sore throats. It can be used as an antiseptic for a variety of cuts and burns. Even those with a varicose veins or sprains may benefit from using this miracle plant due to its ability to decrease inflammation. Believe it or not, this plant may also assist with the female menstrual cycle and decrease not only menstrual pain but may act to help regulate the cycle. It even may benefit those with yeast infections when used as an infusion.
Not only has this plant been used for centuries for medical purposes, but it also proves to have its place in the kitchen. The plant also adds a brilliant color to the foods, as well as a unique flavor. Generally it is used in flavoring and coloring everything from chowder to rice. You may be surprised to find the petals of these plants on the side of your salad as décor.
In conclusion, this plant is not only gorgeous but may also prove to be an excellent source of natural remedies for a variety of minor aches, pains, and inflammation. Be sure to research how to use this plant for medical purposes before ingesting. For best results plant it outdoors either directly into the soil or in a pot.