Marigolds The Perfect Companion

Marigolds are like an ideal mate: attractive, easygoing, reliable, not fussy and have great benefits. Marigolds make the perfect companion plant.

Facts About Marigolds

Marigolds come in a variety of colors including orange, yellow, red and gold. The most interesting are those with a color combination. There are three distinct varieties of Marigolds: African, French and Signet.

African marigolds are the largest of the three species. At maturity it can reach heights of 36 to 48 inches and blooms 5 inches wide. French marigolds are more compact, growing between 6 to 12 inches high with blooms 2-3 inches wide. They can grow single or double blooms on a stem. Signet marigolds grow single blooms and max out at 6 inches making it the smallest of the three varieties. Their blooms are only 1 inch wide.

Growing Marigolds

Marigolds are quick and easy to grow. They are slow drinkers and drought tolerant. Marigolds don't like wet feet (soggy soil). Full sun is the ideal light source.

I have marigolds growing throughout my property in ground and containers. Whenever I deadhead the flowers I save the seed pouches, which are just under the flower. Let them dry completely then they are ready to plant.

Health Benefits

Marigolds are a multipurpose plant with many health benefits. Marigolds are known for antiseptic properties aiding in the healing of skin irritations. It increases the blood flow in the affected area, boosting collagen and promoting new tissue growth and healing. Marigolds aid in skin inflammation, rashes, contusion, bruises, varicose veins, eczema, sun burns, fungal infections and reduce hemorrhoid pain. My favorite use is on bug bites. I simply break off a flower and rub it into the affected area. No itching and the bite disappears if I am able to catch it right away.

Yes Marigolds are also edible. The dried flowers can be used to make a tea and consumed to aid in digestion, improve liver health, and reduce inflammation in the eyes and body.

Recipe: Marigold Oil

You Need:

1 cup dried marigold flowers

2 cups of olive, grape seed or coconut oil

Clean jar with lid

Cold Infusion

Cold infuse by placing completely dried marigold flowers in a jar, add oil, seal with lid and place in a cool dry place for 2-4 weeks.

Heat Infused

On low heat, add oil and dried marigold flowers to a saucepan. Cover and simmer for 2 hours. Remove from the heat and let it completely cool. Strain into a jar and cover, or leave the flowers if you so desire.

Marigolds' beautiful yellow to red orange color is stunning and staining. Caution when using not to stain clothes or furniture.

What is your favorite way to use marigolds?

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Happy Growing!