December 13, 2017

C’est Bon Bon

Calendula 'Bon Bon Apricot'

Janine Pineo Photo | Calendula 'Bon Bon Apricot'

Sweet flowers, vigorous growth, edible blossoms and medicinal uses make Calendula a superstar. And since they easily start from seed, it’s an inexpensive way to have a host of sunny flowers in your garden. Sometimes Calendula will even reseed for you if you leave enough blossoms to go to seed. Pictured above is Calendula ‘Bon Bon Apricot,’ bred for the greenhouse trade. It grows to 12 inches tall and has a profusion of blooms on its stems. Just remember to keep the plant deadheaded and the flowers will keep coming. If you can, try the flower petals in salad or dry them for use later, treating them much like saffron. The petals also have been used as a substitute to color cheese. And look for ointments and salves that use calendula to help with inflamed skin; it works like a charm.