Calendula (Pot Marigold)
Scientific Name: Calendula officinalis
Folk Names: Bride of the sun, drunkard, goldes, holigolds, husbandman’s dial, marigold, marybud, Mary Gowles, ruddes, ruddles, spousa solis, summer’s bride
Deities: Sun deities
Parts used: Flowers
Magical Properties: Happiness, love, protection, prophecy, balance
- Sleep with a flower under your head to bring clairvoyant dreams.
Gather calendula flowers at noon for maximum effect.
Type: Flowering herb
Plant Height: 80cm
Leaves: Hairy, pointed/oval leaves, 5-17cm long
Flowers: 4-7cm diameter, bright yellow, many-petalled flowers
Etymology: From the Latin calendae for “little calender” (or possibly “little clock”)
In the Garden
Water: Do not over-water
- Pick flowers just as they’re opening.