ca·​len·​du·​la | \kə-ˈlen-jə-lə, -dyu̇-lə\

Definition of calendula 

: any of a small genus (Calendula) of yellow-rayed composite herbs of temperate regions

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Given sun and good drainage, calendulas will bloom over a long period from late fall to spring. Earl Nickel, San Francisco Chronicle, "Dazzling poppy and calendula brighten the winter garden," 16 Mar. 2018 Weleda is made with a blend of plant extracts — like viola tricolor, calendula, and chamomile — and mixed with beeswax. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Rihanna Uses $12 Weleda Moisturizer," 9 July 2018 Lettuce, bachelor’s buttons, cosmos, coreopsis, calendula and scabiosa all have flower heads that bear seeds in tiny flowers. Pam Peirce,, "The joy of seed saving," 6 July 2018 Both added color, flavor and fragrance to their dishes courtesy of calendula and dianthus blooms. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, "Flower power: Edible blooms add a new dimension to dishes," 14 Mar. 2018 Together, Shanahan and Vander Hyde use sustainable practices to grow dozens of medicinal herbs such as lavender, lemon verbena, chamomile, milky oats, calendula, tulsi, peppermint, Echinacea, and St. John’s Wort. Stephanie Eckelkamp, Good Housekeeping, "Meet The Registered Nurse And Herbalist Who Grows Her Own Natural Cures," 28 Aug. 2017 Other organic ingredients such as calendula extract, cupuacu butter, and chamomile extract are also used. Marco Torres, Houston Chronicle, "Houstonians share the secret meaning behind their tattoos," 21 May 2018 The lightweight oil is infused with Vitamin A and E, which help even out your skin tone, along with lavender, rosemary, calendula, and chamomile oils, which work to hydrate and smooth your skin. Alex Warner, Marie Claire, "Kim Kardashian Uses This Drugstore Body Oil to Get Rid of Stretch Marks," 25 Apr. 2018 For late fall and into the winter add coneflower, mint marigold, fall aster, calendula, dianthus and alyssum. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, "Attracting and producing butterflies in your landscape," 6 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of calendula

1651, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for calendula

New Latin, genus name, from Medieval Latin, from Latin calendae calends

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ca·​len·​du·​la | \kə-ˈlen-jə-lə \

Medical Definition of calendula 

1 capitalized : a small genus of yellow-rayed composite herbs of temperate regions

2 : any plant of the genus Calendula

3 : the dried florets of plants of the genus Calendula (especially C. officinalis) sometimes used as a mild aromatic and diaphoretic

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