Isles of Scilly Wildflower Of The Week - Pot Marigold

Isles of Scilly Wildflower Of The Week - Pot Marigold.

Isles of Scilly Wildflower Of The Week - Pot Marigold.

This week's Isles of Scilly Wildflower Of The Week was Pot Marigold - Calendula Officinalis.

Pot Marigold is a garden escape that is particularly cheerful around Hugh Town. It can be found on other inhabited islands, apart from St Agnes. It has also appeared on Samson.

It has a big stout yellow or orange daisy that can't be missed unless you mistake it for another garden escape, Gazania, that also grows on the walls here. Pot Marigold likes warm temperate regions of the world.  It has been cultivated for so long it's difficult to know where it is actually native.

There is a range of cultivated colours from pale yellow to dark orange. Ours tend towards the mid-yellow, but if you really look at them there are all sorts of little tweaks of colour in the centre or petals.

The petals making yellow dye and can be used to lighten hair. Pot Marigold is used in garlands for Indian weddings and over doors to keep out evil and negativity. It can also be used to strip witches of their will.

You can listen to Liz's Wildflower Of The Week below and Liz will have a brand new wildflower for you next Wednesday at 10:30am.