‘Mountain variety’

Pot Marigold / Souci officinal / Καλέντουλα


Common Name: Pot Marigold / Souci officinal / Καλέντουλα

Scientific Name: Calendula officinalis


Plant’s cycle: Annual

Light Requirement: does well in full sun and half shade

Soil type: all soils, well-drained, moist, nutritionally poor soil. Tolerates a pH in the range 4.5 to 8.3

Sowing in nursery: February and September

Direct Planting: March and October

Germination: 7 - 14 days after sowing at 21°c

Harvest:  90 days after sowing. It is in flower from Jun to November, and the seeds ripen from Aug to November.

Spacing: 25cm/25cm/1cm deep  


Flowers unisexual, But Male and female flowers on same plant

Pollination: cross-pollinated by bees

Plant is self-fertile

Seed preservation: 5 years


Edible Parts: Flowers, Leaves. (Colouring, Tea)

Antiphlogistic;  Antiseptic;  Antispasmodic;  Aperient;  Astringent;  Cholagogue;  Diaphoretic;  Emmenagogue;  Homeopathy;  Skin;  StimulantVulnerary;  Warts.
Remedy for skin problems and is applied externally to bites and stings, sprains, wounds, sore eyes, varicose veins. It is also a cleansing and detoxifying herb and is taken internally in treating fevers and chronic infections. A tea of the petals tones up the circulation and, taken regularly, can ease varicose veins. It is used internally in order to speed the healing of wounds.

Known Hazards: Possible allergies if allergic to daisy family plants.