Marigold

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Marigold
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Calendula officinalis


Pot Marigold (Calendula officinalis)
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Plantae
Division:Magnoliophyta
Class:Magnoliopsida
Order:Asterales
Family:Asteraceae
Tribe:Calenduleae
Genus:Calendula
Species

About 20, see text :
also numerous garden hybrids and cultivars

The marigolds, genus Calendula L., are a genus of about 20 species of annual or perennial herbaceous plants in the daisy family Asteraceae, native to the Mediterranean region and Macaronesia.

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 petals of the Pot Marigold (Calendula officinalis) are spicy and are edible, added to dishes as a garnish.

The oinment of this herb is known to cure skin problems from burns to acne.


Plants in the related genus Tagetes are also often called Mexican marigolds, African marigolds or French marigolds. Marsh marigold is the herb Caltha palustris of the buttercup family (Ranunculaceae).

The chrysanthemum species Chrysanthemum segetum is also sometimes known as the Corn Marigold.


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