FLOWER. Erfurter Calendula
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Seeds per Packet ~ 30
Germination: 73% Packed for 2024
The "Erfurter Calendula" refers to a variety of Calendula, commonly known as pot marigold, which is notable for its vibrant yellow and orange flowers. Calendula officinalis, the species to which the Erfurter variety belongs, is widely appreciated not only for its aesthetic appeal in gardens and landscapes but also for its medicinal properties. This calendula variety originates in Germany, where its full name is Erfurter Orangefarbigen. Aka, Orange Zinger.
The Erfurter variety, in particular, might have been cultivated or selected for specific desirable traits, such as flower size, color intensity, plant habit, or bloom duration. Calendula flowers are known for their ability to bloom over a long period, often from early spring until frost in temperate climates, providing a continuous display of color.
In addition to their ornamental use, Calendula flowers are edible and have a slightly peppery taste. They are sometimes used as a garnish or to add color to salads and other dishes. The petals (technically ray florets) contain various compounds that have been used in traditional medicine for their anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and healing properties. Calendula is commonly used in creams, ointments, and oils for skin care, particularly to soothe burns, cuts, and other skin irritations.
The Erfurter Calendula would be an excellent choice for gardeners looking for a plant that offers both visual appeal and practical uses in herbalism and cooking.