Calendula is a genus of about 15 species of herbaceous plants in thefamily Asteraceae, native to Asia, Central Europe and the Mediterranean. The most popular member of the genus is Calendula officinalis, also known as Pot Marigold.
Calendulas are admired by gardeners for their cheerful, daisy-like, bright orange and yellow flowers. Blooms may be single or double and are made of tiny disk and ray florets. The simple leaves are borne alternately along the waxy, smooth, or glandular stems. Calendulas are not only easy to grow, but also provide a long season of blooms. Once you see them bloom in your garden, you will want to see them again and again!
Meaning: The genus name comes from the Latin word “calendae”, which means “the first day of the month” as it flowers all year round. Calendula is commonly known as Marigold, although other species also go by the common name Marigold. For example, Tagetes is also known as Marigold and this is the reason why Calendula is often confused with members of the genus Tagetes.
Symbolism: Calendula symbolizes happiness, joy and grace.