Calendula offinalis (Calendula, Orange: Ball's Orange) is an annual flowering plant that belongs to the Asteraceae family, native to Europe. The Orange Ball's Orange is a variety of calendula that features large, double flowers in shades of deep orange.
Calendula typically grows up to a height of 30-60 cm (1-2 feet) and has branching stems that are covered in hairy leaves. The leaves are alternate, lance-shaped, and have serrated edges. The plant produces large, daisy-like flowers that bloom from the late spring to the fall. The flowers have a range of colors, depending on the variety, and are often used as a natural dye.
Calendula is used for both medicinal and culinary purposes. It is believed to have anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties and has been used for centuries to treat a range of skin conditions, including cuts, burns, and rashes. Calendula oil is also used in cosmetic products, such as lotions and creams, to soothe and moisturize the skin.
In the kitchen, calendula petals are used as a flavoring for soups, stews, and salads, and are often added to herbal tea blends. The plant is also used as a natural dye for textiles and fabrics.
The Orange Ball's Orange variety of calendula is a popular ornamental plant in gardens and landscaping. The large, double flowers in shades of deep orange make it a standout in any garden or flower bed. It is a hardy plant that is tolerant of a range of growing conditions and provides vibrant color throughout the growing season. It is also a favorite of pollinators, such as bees and butterflies.
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Scientific Name: Calendula Offinalis
Common Name: Ball’s Orange
Plant Type: Short-Lived Perennial
Native Range: Southern Europe
Full Growth Height: 2 ft
Width in Across: 1-1.5 ft
Exposure: Full Sun, Semi-Shade
Blooming Season: Spring
Pollinator: Bees, Insects
Flower: Hairy, Showy
Attracts: Butterflies, Bees
Flower Color: Orange, Gold
Tolerate: Deer, Drought
Water Requirement: Average
Soil Type: Sand, Clay, Loam
Uses: Edible as salad and medicinal herb