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October – Pot Marigold

Calendula officinalis
Photo/Illustration: Jennifer Benner
Calendula officinalis
Photo/Illustration: Jennifer Benner

Botanical name: Calendula spp. and cvs.
Common name: Pot marigold

Calendula officinalis was named Herb of the Year in 2008 by the Herb Society of America. The Latin word kalendae means first day of the month, and that’s when they’re said to bloom.

Pot marigolds are a great plant to have in ornamental, veggie, and herb gardens alike. They attract good bugs and repel the bad ones. Their daisy-like petals are beautiful and can be used in salads and desserts. And they have a long list of medicinal and health and beauty uses.

Watch this video to learn more ways to use calendula around the house and in the garden.

Pot marigolds should not be confused with African or French marigolds. Read this article to learn more: Meet the Magnificent Marigold

How do you use pot marigolds?

See all birth flowers/plants:
January: Carnation, February: Iris, March: Daffodil, April: Daisy, May: Lily of the Valley, June: Rose, July: Delphinium, August: Gladiola, September: Aster, October: Pot Marigold, November: Chrysanthemum, December: Paperwhite

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