Calendula, Sunshine mix – seed packet – $3.49
Related tags: drought tolerant
(Calendula officinalis) – Annual or short-lived perennial in the Aster Family. Known to the Romans, who named it “calendula” after their word for “month”, since it seemed to bloom year-round. Plants grow 1-3 feet high. This mix features blooms mostly in solid yellow and solid orange, though a few streaky or part-albino flowers should be appear as well. Flowers the medicinal portion of the plant, and are used for topically for skin conditions, abrasions, and bruising.
Cultivation & harvesting suggestions: Direct-sow in garden after danger of frost has passed. Not particular about soil type, though we have seem them stay stunted in poor soil. Thin to 12-18″ apart. Harvest flowers after they have opened, but before they have begun to decline. Pick and discard blossoms that have gone too far if you want new flowers to open. If you are serious about wanting flowers for medicine, you will need to pick nearly every day during the peak season. Dry flowers on screens out of the sunlight and store in airtight containers until you have enough to make salve, or whatever preparation you want.
Contains at least 200 seeds. Packed for 2016.