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The bright orange, unusually aromatic flowers have an especially high resin content that makes them ideal for use in oils and tinctures. Calendula is used medicinally in skin ointments and lotions. 'Erfurter Orangefarbige' is a preferred commercial strain used for medicinal flower production in Europe. Edible flowers can also be used to add color and texture to salads and omelets. Prefers mild weather. Annual.
Sow seeds in cell packs or flats, press into soil and lightly cover. Kept at 70°F., germination in 7-14 days. Can direct sow into prepared seed beds after all danger of frost ¼ inch deep, 6 seeds per foot. Thin to 18-24 inches apart.