Definition of calendula in English:



  • A Mediterranean plant of a genus that includes the common or pot marigold.

    Genus Calendula, family Compositae

    • ‘The calendula or pot marigold is a symbol of sunny days with good health, joy, and affection.’
    • ‘A handful of seasonal blooms - magenta dahlias, rusty orange calendulas, and rosy viburnum berries - celebrate the fall harvest.’
    • ‘For most, the presence of flowers such as roses, peonies, chrysanthemums, lilies, irises and calendulas for instance represents an aesthetic uplifting of spirit.’
    • ‘Many flowers are edible, the most common culinary varieties being calendula, chrysanthemum, daylily, nasturtium, pansy, violet and zucchini.’
    • ‘Pansies are prone to fungal infections and young plants rot easily and calendulas can also fall prey to moulds, so I tend to plant these as seedlings too.’
    • ‘Sweet peas, pansies and calendulas are fairly cold tolerant and should be planted as soon as soil can be easily worked.’
    • ‘These include sweet peas. calendulas, poppies and larkspur.’
    • ‘Soothe dry skin irritations with chamomile, lavender, jasmine, elder flowers, red clover and herbs such as Irish moss, calendula, comfrey, marshmallow root and violets.’
    • ‘Edible flowers, such as nasturtiums, pansies, violets, and calendulas, are also good.’
    • ‘Winter standby - calendulas, cyclamens, pansies, violas, primroses, stock and snapdragons - plus some of the hardy groundcovers, can be planted.’
    • ‘Yellow and orange calendulas bloom through winter, as will pink and white English daisies and sweet-scented stock.’
    • ‘Particularly good trap crops include: green lettuce, cabbage, calendula, marigolds, comfrey leaves, zinnias and beans.’
    • ‘Edible flowers such as nasturtium, calendula, and borage do well at the base.’
    • ‘If you are tempted to plant annual flower seedlings, consider the most heat-tolerant ones such as petunias, calendulas, cosmos & African marigolds.’
    • ‘Plant calendula to encourage hoverflies whose larvae will eat huge quantities of greenflies.’
    • ‘But once the flowers were spent, she couldn't always remember which was the orange calendula and which was the yellow one, or which scabiosa was lavender and which was deep purple.’
    • ‘Keep an eye out for them on clematis, calendulas, chrysanthemums and zinnias.’
    • ‘Buy young plants of calendula, Iceland poppy, pansy, primrose, snapdragon, stock, and viola.’
    • ‘Reserve some space for colorful annuals like zinnia, marigold, calendula, alyssum, and cosmos.’
    • ‘It may be a little early to start summer annuals, but pansies, violas, snapdragons, calendulas and more will go strong until June or even later if planted anew now.’


Modern Latin, diminutive of calendae (see calends); perhaps because it flowers for most of the year.