Pot marigold

Calendula officinalis

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
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Pot marigold (Calendula officinalis)
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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.

Overview

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
Cottage Garden,
Dried Flower,
Herb Garden,
Rock Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Annuals

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