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My Mutated Calendula

Jessica Morgan, M.H.I have one mutated Calendula plant. You can imagine my excitement! It's silly, but I always get excited when I grow something that takes on its own weird form: something different than what it should be. I told my husband I was going to call her my "Special Mutant" and that no one can have her-she's mine! Of course he laughed at me, but understands my quirky ways.

So, this particular plant is of normal size and goes to flower like normal and even sets its seeds. But then, the seeds sprout into new flowers right on the seed head. Each mutated flower has ten or more tiny flowers growing right out of it, and they have seeds. Its just amazing to me. I've grown Calendula for years and have never seen this. I'd be interested to hear if anyone else has seen this, or is as excited as me to see it growing.

I grow these perennials for use in tea, oils, salves and loose herb. I won't be selling these seeds as I would imagine those of you who want to grow Calendula probably want a normal plant. But I do have Calendula in 1 ounce, 2 ounce, and powdered form here in my Local Harvest store.

Calendula (Calendula officinalis)

Calendula flowers have a multitude of uses including amenorrhea, cramps, toothaches, fever, flu, and stomach aches.

Internally it acts as a general tonic and can aid digestion.

Use externally as an antiseptic wash on irritated skin such as sores, cuts, bruises, burns and rashes.

For a little something unusual, try adding some petals to your soups, stews, and poultry dishes.

Morgan Botanicals calendula petals are grown organically without the use of pesticides. We harvest our blossoms spring through summer in full bloom before carefully drying and storing.

As always, please email any questions to herbalist@morganbotanicals.com.

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Copyright 2009. All rights reserved. Jessica Morgan, M. H., Morgan Botanicals.

Disclaimer - The information provided in this article is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional. You should not use the information in this article for self-diagnosis or to replace any prescriptive medication. You should consult with a health care professional before starting any diet, exercise or supplementation program, before taking any medication, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem, suffer from allergies, are pregnant or nursing.

Jessica Morgan, M.H.

 

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Comments:

I have never seen calendula that does that, and I have seen a fair amount of calendula in my life. I'd be excited, too! I use calendula salve and skin cream for any skin irritation. In Europe they use it for bedsores in hospitals.

Posted by Pomona Belvedere on July 15, 2009 at 11:23 PM PDT #

Thanks so much for the reply. Isn't that wild? I'm going to take a photo of the next fresh flower that that happens to.

I think that's fantastic about Europe using salves in hospitals. I wish the US was as progressive as other countries when it comes to herbal treatments.

Take care,
Jessica Morgan

Posted by Jessica - Morgan Botanicals on July 16, 2009 at 04:55 AM PDT #

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