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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, 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. Although it is an excellent pot plant, the common name is actually derived from the plant's earlier use as a "pot herb" - a vegetable to be used in the cooking pot.

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