Marigold (Canendula officinalis)

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A perennial (returns every year) plant. Their flowers have both ray and disc florets, are usually 1-3 in (3-7 cm) across, and come in a variety of colors, though are noted for their bright, warm hues (oranges, yellows, whites, and reds). Some flowers are a solid color, others may be two-toned, with a secondary accent coloring the petals' edges. Their leaves are spirally arranged, 2-7 in (5-18 cm) long, and are slightly hairy. Marigold flowers can typically be found from late spring-fall. It is recommended to deadhead (removal of dying flower heads) the plants regularly to maintain even blossom production.
  • Habitat: Common
Though marigolds are not native to 'Souls, they were widely cultivated by humanity and have naturally spread since humanity's fall. They prefer semi-shade (ex. light woodland) or no shade, and moist soil. They can be found in a variety of areas, from roadsides to gardens to meadows and woodlands. They do not like extreme cold or heat.
  • Additional Notes: Marigolds have a spicy aroma. The plant is a favorite for moth larvae.
  • Food: Often used as an alternative to the spice, saffron. Can also be used in teas.
    • Part: Petals (dried)
  • Dyes: Auburn, Gold, Orange, Yellow
    • Part: Petals (fresh)
  • Medicinal:
    • Part: Petals
    • Usage (oral): Abdominal cramps, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, constipation, controlling bleeding, cough, fever, sore throat
    • Usage (topical): Acne, bites, stings, sunburns, wound care (tincture), fungal infection (salve)
  • Other: Scent masking
  • Poison: Non-toxic and non-lethal, though large dosages may cause digestive problems.
    • Symptoms: Diarrhea, drooling, stomach pain, vomiting

Additional Images

Marigold Growing through cracks in concrete by Wikimedia Commons Flower by Wikimedia Commons


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