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Calendula officinalis

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 13 August 2010 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Calendula officinalis (Pot Marigold) is a plant in the genus Calendula (marigolds), in the family Asteraceae. Calendula officinalis is widely cultivated as an herb and can be grown easily in sunny locations in most kinds of soils. Although perennial, it is commonly treated as an annual plant, particularly in colder regions where its winter survival is poor.

The leaves and petals of the Pot Marigold are edible, with the petals added to dishes as a garnish and in lieu of saffron. The leaves can be sweet but are more commonly bitter, and may be used in salads. It was used in ancient Greek, Roman, Arabic and Indian cultures as a medicinal herb as well as a dye for fabrics, foods and cosmetics.

Photo captured May 22, 2010 at Chicago Botanic Gardens.

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Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

Really lovely colour

13 Aug 2010 5:16am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Beautiful yellow.. this like sun on earth..:).

13 Aug 2010 8:10am

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

And this is a lovely image Steve. I love Marigolds, Calendula, Chysanthmums, etc...Why can't I capture one like this - you have a beautiful piece here. The lighting is outrageous (that means better than awesome here) and the backround is a perfect contrast in harmony. Great piece here Steven Thank you!

13 Aug 2010 2:25pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Good strong colour in this one Steven, brightens the day up.

13 Aug 2010 5:40pm

ManuelaR from Hainburg (Frankfurt/Main), Germany

What a burst of sunshine, great vitamin kick ;o)

13 Aug 2010 5:53pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Like a sun on our palm ;)) Great colors .

13 Aug 2010 6:08pm

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Can feel the natural power in this . . the unstoppable surge of Nature.

13 Aug 2010 7:36pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Exquisite. Stunning color.

13 Aug 2010 7:51pm

Iris from Assen, Netherlands

I really loveeeee calendula!!

13 Aug 2010 8:19pm

The MaJor from TM HooD, Iran

wow..Steven..Yellow rocks there..yeaa

13 Aug 2010 8:45pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

This is beautiful!

13 Aug 2010 10:36pm

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

As soon as I opened the page i was wowed, this is amazing. 10+++

14 Aug 2010 3:37am

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

Oh, my. That is a blast of sunshine.

14 Aug 2010 4:15am

Cruz from exurbia, United States

a little bit of sunshine in your garden. Beautiful shot!

14 Aug 2010 6:23am

marc from Granby, Canada

wow this one ­" punch " of color very nice

14 Aug 2010 1:11pm

Antoine from France

Superb photo. Colours are very beautiful. Have lovely week-end Steven.

14 Aug 2010 3:26pm

Mohsen from Tehran, Iran

Like a great sun :)

15 Aug 2010 9:38pm

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Super shot, I love this colour!

16 Aug 2010 9:57pm