Calenula Officinalis Calendula is considered by many gardening experts as one of the most versatile flowers to grow in a garden, especially since it is easy to grow. Seeds sown in the spring, in most soils, will germinate freely in sunny or half-sunny locations. They do best, however, if planted in sunny locations with rich, well-drained soil. The leaves are spirally arranged, 5-18 cm long, simple, and slightly hairy. The flower heads are a beautiful deep orange color, and are 3-7 cm across. They have a spicy aroma and are produced from spring to autumn in temperate climates. It is recommended to deadhead (removal of dying flower heads) the plants regularly to maintain even blossom production. (Quoted from Wikipedia) Calendula can be medicinally used topically for disinfection and to aid in the healing of skin. Or as an oral rinse to heal sore throats, and mouth sores. This plant is hardy in all zones. Sow from spring and on into summer, 1/4 inch into the ground 6 inches apart. Allow 40 - 50 days until flowering. Water abundantly. Enjoy.