The undersides of the petals are a muted burgundy giving the 1 1/2 - 3" flowers a unique, flashy appearance. An excellent mix of colors; high percentage of double and semidouble flowers on long, strong stems. Also known as pot marigold, common marigold, and Scotch marigold.
•Edible Flowers: Petals of the flowers can be used fresh or dried in "flower confetti," soups, soufflés, rice dishes, baked goods, and to garnish desserts. Calendula is a popular choice for brightening up salad mix. Flavor is tangy and slightly bitter. Remove the petals from the flower base before consuming as the base can be quite bitter. Organically grown. Ht. 18-24". Avg. 3,400 seeds/oz. Packet: 50 seeds.
SOWING: Make 2-3 successive sowings 2-3 weeks apart for continuous blooms from summer to heavy frost. Direct seed (recommended): After last frost, when the soil is warm, sow 6 seeds per foot, 1/4" deep. Thin. Transplant - Sow 4 weeks before last frost, 2 or more seeds per cell or container. Thin and transplant outside after the last hard frost.
LIGHT PREFERENCE: Sun/Part Shade.
SOIL REQUIREMENTS: Rich, well-drained soil.
PLANT SPACING: 6-12".
HARDINESS ZONES: Annual.
HARVEST: Fresh: Harvest when flowers are 1/2 open. Edible: Harvest once the flowers are fully open and pull petals off before using in dishes. Do not eat the calyx or flower centers. Medicinal ('Alpha' and 'Resina'): Flowers are used in antiseptic tinctures and healing skin ointments.
USES: Cut flower. Edible flower. Beds, borders, containers, mass plantings, and cottage gardens.
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Days To Maturity
Average number of days from seeding date until ready for harvest.
Plants can be Annuals (single growing season), Perennials (grow year after year), Tender Perennials (grow year after year in warmer climates; and in some cases when given special protection in colder climates), or Biennials (require two years to mature).
Hybrid: The offspring of a cross between two or more distinct parent lines, usually of same species, and selected for improved traits.<br>Open-pollinated: A non-hybrid variety that can reproduce itself in kind, demonstrating relatively stable traits from one generation to the next.
Variety is easy-to-grow.
Use for Cut Flowers and Bouquets
Variety good for fresh cut-flower displays.
Grows Well in Containers
Variety does well when grown in a container.
Variety's flowers may be consumed.
Organic Seeds, Plants, and Supplies
Plants, or seeds harvested from plants, that have been grown without synthetic fertilizers or pesticides, strictly adhering to the USDA's National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) organic gardening practices are designated as Organic.
Supplies that meet the USDA's National Organic Program (NOP) rules according to a third-party authority such as OMRI, WSDA, and/or a local authority such as MOFGA or NOFA.
Attracts Beneficial Insects
Variety attracts and supports pollinators and/or insects that prey on garden pests.