Here’s another edible flower that is popular with children. It’s bright, sunny blooms add splashes of yellow and orange and help repel insects. The petals can be tossed into salads or rice dishes or sprinkled on top of desserts. These make great cut flowers and the more you pick them the more they will bloom! Traditionally this herb has been treasured for it’s vulenary properties. It has a strong antiseptic effect on the skin and is useful in treating cuts and scrapes as well as diaper rashes, insect bites, and minor burns. Wash wounds in an infusion of this herb to prevent infection.
This prolific plant can be grown easily from seed and will re-seed itself. Pinch off the flowers in full bloom and dry on screens in a well-ventilated place. Store in airtight jars when fully dry. Gather the crescent shaped seeds when seed pods turn brown. Dry them flat and save in a labeled envelope or jar. Sow directly into the garden in early spring.
Here’s a good source for Organic & Wildcrafted Medicinal Herb Seeds.