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Calendula officinalis
Calendula officinalis

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Zones A2, A3, 1-45, H1
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Moderate, Minimal

Calendula officinalis

Calendula, Pot Marigold
Asteraceae (Compositae)
Annuals

Mediterranean native provides sure, easy color from late fall through spring in mild-winter areas, from spring to midsummer in colder climates. Besides familiar daisylike, orange and bright yellow double blooms 2 1/2–4 1/2 in. across, calendulas come in subtler shades of apricot, cream, and soft yellow. Plants somewhat branching,1–2 ft. high, 1–1 1/2 ft. wide. Leaves are long, narrow, round on ends, slightly sticky, and aromatic. Plants are effective for masses of color in borders and parking strips, along drives, or in containers. Long-lasting cut flowers.

Sow seed in place or in flats in late summer or early fall in mild-winter climates, spring elsewhere. Or buy seedlings at nurseries. Will self-sow to some degree. Adapts to most soils if drainage is fast. Remove spent flowers to prolong bloom. 

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