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Calendula

Calendula (marigold)
Calendula Herb
is a genus of about 12-20 species of annual or perennial herbaceous plants in the daisy family Asteraceae, native to Mexico and Central America, the Mediterranean region and Macaronesia. For other plants also named 'marigold', see marigold.

The leaves of this plant are 5-18 cm long, simple, and usually roughly hairy. The flower heads range from pale yellow to deep orange, and are 3-7 cm across, with both ray florets and disc florets. The leaves and petals of the Pot Marigold (Calendula officinalis) are edible, with the petals added to dishes as a garnish and in lieu of saffron. The leaves can be sweet but are more commonly bitter, and are used as or as part of salad.

Marigolds are used
Calendula Herb
as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including Cabbage Moth, The Gothic, Large Yellow Underwing and Setaceous Hebrew Character.

The ointment of this herb is thought to cure a range of skin problems from burns to acne.

Selected species
Calendula arvensis Field Marigold
Calendula bicolor
Calendula eckerleinii
Calendula lanzae
Calendula maderensis Madeiran Marigold
Calendula maroccana
Calendula meuselii
Calendula officinalis Pot Marigold
Calendula stellata
Calendula suffruticosa
Calendula tripterocarpa


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