Calendula officinalis Is considered by some gardeners to be one of the easiest and most versatile flowering plants to grow. It is sun to light shad loving in southern New Mexico and can be perennial if there isn’t a hard freeze. This plant is probably native to southern Europe, though its long history of cultivation makes its precise origin unknown, and it may possibly be of garden origin. Besides being a magnet for pollinators and a steady bloomer, calendula flowers are edible and the leaves can be used as a pot herb while both flowers and leaves can be used for dye, for tea, a medicinal herbal or, when extracted in oil, for skin healing salve. Seeds are harvested from the Garden of Earthly Delight in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico and packaged in hand block printed 2inch by 3inch manilla seed envelopes.
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