Calendula Pot Marigold - 8.5cm Pot - Herb
Calendula is an easy-to-grow pretty herb perfect to attract bee's and butterflies.
Traditionally, people often used the flowers in cooking but today a lot of gardeners grow these plants for their cheery flowers and profuse blooming habit and as Companion planting with vegetables.
The flowers contain anti-inflammatory triterpenes and antioxidant flavonoids and are widely used in herbal remedies.
They can be infused in oil or in creams and applied topically to wounds and other skin complaints.
Often used to help prevent infection and speed up the healing process, calendula creams and ointments can be applied to everything from burns to cuts, acne to diaper rash.
Dried or fresh flowers can also be made into a soothing tea to alleviate the symptoms of colds and flu.
The flowers have a peppery, slightly tangy flavour, and can be sprinkled on soups and stews, or added to salads for a vibrant pop of colour.
Plants prefer organically-rich soil, but will tolerate most soil types, provided it is well-draining.
Keep soil evenly moist, but be careful not to over water, as they do not like wet feet.
Established plants will tolerate some dry spells.
In hot regions, you can apply a layer of mulch around the base of your plants to help retain moisture and keep the soil cool.
As the plants grow, pinch back leggy stems to encourage a bushy growth habit, and deadhead spent blossoms to ensure a continuous display of colour throughout the growing season.
small young plants growing in 8.5cm pots