Garden plants and flowers: Calendula (Calendula officinalis)
Common name: Calendula. Scientific classification: Kingdom: Plantae. Division: Magnoliophyta. Class: Magnoliopsida. Order: Asterales. Family: Asteraceae. Tribe: Calenduleae. Genus: Calendula.
Calendula is native to Mediterranean countries but is now grown as an ornamental plant throughout the world. It belongs to the same family as daisies, chrysanthemums, and ragweed. Its branching stems grow to a height of 30-60 cm, and it blooms from early spring until frost.
Traditionally, calendula has been used to treat stomach upset and ulcers, as well relieve menstrual cramps, but there is no scientific evidence that calendula is effective in these cases.