Calendula, Solis Sponsa, packet of 20 seeds, organic
$2.95 – $26.10
Family: Aster (Asteracea)
(Bride of the Sun) Annual. 40 to 50 days to maturity. Seed originally from England. Plants very large and powerful in our growout, making a mixture of colors: orange with orange disc; orange with dark disc; yellow with dark disc. In the field, we accrued plenty of calendula hash when picking. A tincture made with these flowers developed a delicate aroma and a bright orange color. Traditional Use (TWM): Fresh or dried flowers antiseptic and healing agent when made into salve, succus, tincture, or simply masticated and applied to the injury. Inhibits inflammation, promotes formation of granulation tissue in wounds, general antiseptic. The flowers, when boiled, yield a bright yellow-orange dye. Sow the seed directly in the garden in the early spring, or grow as a container plant. Very warm soil temps retard germination. Space plants 6 inches to a foot apart.
PS on Calendula seed germination. Have you ever noticed how calendula volunteers with fall-strewn seed germinating and growing in the spring? If you take care of those volunteers, they really do make great plants. Anyway, this means that calendula seed is loaded with germination inhibitors–otherwise the fall disseminated seed would germinate immediately in the fall, and it doesn’t. So, when planting calendula, make sure to sow the seed early enough in the spring to mimic this natural process. Allow the seed to be in the soil, cool and well-watered, starting as soon as your ground can be worked, and you will see good results. Even seed sown midspring and kept nice and moist usually germinates fine. However, if you plant the seed late in the late spring to summer and it gets really warm and possibly not as moist as it needs to be, you may get a zero germ on it. That’s all I’m saying. Richo
20 Seeds/pkt, Certified Organically Grown