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Calendula officinalis (Pot marigold)

Calendula officinalis Photo/Illustration: Jennifer Benner


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Botanical Name: Calendula officinalis kah-LEND-yew-lah oh-fi-shi-NAH-lis Common Name: Pot marigold Genus: Calendula
Pot marigolds bloom most of the summer, but are intolerant of intense heat and may die out during periods of hot humid weather. Their branching stems are covered with simple, alternate leaves and they produce large flowers in different hues of yellow and orange in the summer.
Noteworthy characteristics: Flowers are edible and look great in a salad.
Care: The flowering season is prolonged when old flower heads are removed. Grow in sun or partial shade and well-drained soil.
Propagation: The seed may be started indoors or planted.
Problems: Infrequent.
Height 1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread 1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit Clumps
Growth Pace Fast Grower
Light Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture Dry to Medium
Maintenance Moderate
Characteristics Attracts Butterflies; Showy Flowers
Bloom Time Early Fall; Early Summer; Fall; Late Summer; Summer
Flower Color Orange/ Salmon Flower; Yellow Flower
Uses Beds and Borders, Container, Suitable as Annual
Style Herb Garden, Dried Flower, Cottage Garden, Rock Garden
Seasonal Interest Summer Interest
Type Annuals

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