Field Marigold (Calendula arvensis)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Field Marigold
Calendula arvensis
Compositae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    The leaves are diaphoretic[61, 240].

    The flowers are said to be antispasmodic, emmenagogue and stimulant[240].

    The plant seems to have similar therapeutic properties to pot marigold, C. officinalis[254]. These properties are:-

    Pot marigold is one of the best known and versatile herbs in Western herbal medicine and is also a popular domestic remedy[4, 254]. It is, above all, a remedy for skin problems and is applied externally to bites and stings, sprains, wounds, sore eyes, varicose veins etc[4, 254]. It is also a cleansing and detoxifying herb and is taken internally in treating fevers and chronic infections[4, 254]. Only the common deep-orange flowered variety is considered to be of medicinal value[4].

    The whole plant, but especially the flowers and the leaves, is antiphlogistic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, aperient, astringent, cholagogue, diaphoretic, emmenagogue, skin, stimulant and vulnerary[4, 7, 9, 21, 46, 165, 201]. The leaves can be used fresh or dried, they are best harvested in the morning of a fine sunny day just after the dew has dried from them[4]. The flowers are also used fresh or dried, for drying they are harvested when fully open and need to be dried quickly in the shade[4].

    A tea of the petals tones up the circulation and, taken regularly, can ease varicose veins[201].

    An application of the crushed stems to corns and warts will soon render them easily removable[7].

    The leaves, blossoms and buds are used to make a homeopathic remedy[232]. It is used internally in order to speed the healing of wounds[232].

  • Edible Use

    Young shoots and leaves – raw or cooked[105, 177, 183, 217]. The leaves are very rich in vitamins and minerals, they are similar to Taraxacum officinale (Dandelion) in nutritional value[179].

    Flower heads – pickled[177, 183].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – sow in situ from spring to early summer and again in September. The seed germinates best in darkness and usually within 1 – 2 weeks at 21¡c[138].
An easily grown and very ornamental plant, it succeeds in any well-drained soil[200], though it prefers a good loam and does best in a sunny or at least partially sunny position[4, 15, 200]. The plant flowers best when it is grown in a poor soil. Plants usually self-sow quite freely in the garden.
Europe. A garden escape in Britain[17].

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