The versatile herb grows about 50 cm tall and flowers from June to October. Marigold thrives in and sparse sunny spot and will spontaneously spread.
In herbal medicine, the herb is used for its antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, wound-healing and soothing properties. These constitute a treatment for abrasions, bedsores, suppurating wounds, sunburn, burns and chaps, among others. The tincture is also called natural iodine which has disinfectant properties.
Among the Southern Slavs, it was believed that a girl could force the love of a young man with the flower. The girl had to fill a flowerpot with the earth on which a man had left his footprint. When planting marigold in this earth, his love for her grew and blossomed like the flower.