Marigold (Canendula officinalis)

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  1.   1.  Description
  2.   2.  Growth
  3.   3.  Obtainment
  4.   4.  Uses
    1.   4.1  Medicine
    2.   4.2  Toxicity
  5.   5.  More
  6.   6.  'Souls
Common Name Marigold, pot marigold, ruddles, common marigold, garden marigold, English marigold, and Scottish marigold
Latin Name Canendula officinalis
Icon(s) Marigold
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1.  Description

It is a short-lived aromatic herbaceous perennial, growing to 80 cm (31 in) tall, with sparsely branched lax or erect stems. The leaves are 5–17 cm (2–7 in) long, hairy on both sides, occasionally waved or weakly toothed. The flowers are a yellow gold most frequently.

Examples of cultivated types of marigolds include include varieties in deep oranges, bright yellows, pale yellows, shades of orange, red-orange, and variegated types.

2.  Growth

Can be grown easily in sunny locations in most kinds of soils. Although perennial, it is commonly treated as an annual, particularly in colder regions where its winter survival is poor, or in hot summer locations where it also does not survive. Calendula are considered by many gardening experts as among the easiest and most versatile flowers to grow in a garden, especially since they tolerate most soils. It is recommended to deadhead (removal of dying flower heads) the plants regularly to maintain even blossom production.

3.  Obtainment

Very Common. Though non-native, marigold persists in Nova Scotia. It was widely cultivated by humanity.


4.  Uses

  • Edible: Canines should avoid certain parts of this plant (see 4.2 "Toxicity")
  • Dye: Various colors
  • Scent disguise: Most cultivars have a spicy aroma

4.1  Medicine

  • Anti-viral, anti-genotoxic, anti-inflammatory properties
  • Calendula in suspension or in tincture is used topically to treat acne, reducing inflammation, controlling bleeding and soothing irritated tissue
  • Used traditionally for abdominal cramps and constipation

4.2  Toxicity

New leaves and stems should be avoided with the marigold, as these can be toxic to canines.

5.  More

6.  'Souls

  • Hey, did your character do something cool with this plant?
  • Or maybe your pack has it for trade?
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