2–3" wide, double and semidouble blooms. Creamy petals with hints of gold contrast beautifully with a dark center disk. Tall, vigorous, healthy plants yield sturdy 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.
SOWING: Direct seed (recommended) - After last frost at a depth of 1/4". Make 2-3 successive sowings 2-3 weeks apart for continuous blooms from summer to heavy frost. Transplant - Sow 4-5 weeks before last frost.
LIGHT PREFERENCE: Sun/Part Shade.
PLANT HEIGHT: Varies.
PLANT SPACING: 6-12".
HARDINESS ZONES: Annual.
HARVEST:Cut Flowers: Harvest once the bloom is about 50% 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.
SOIL REQUIREMENTS:Rich, well-drained soil.
USES:Cut flower. Edible flower. Medicinal; Flowers are used in antiseptic tinctures and healing skin ointments. Beds, borders, containers, mass plantings, and cottage gardens.
SOIL REQUIREMENTS: Rich, well-drained soil.
USES: Cut flower. Edible flower. Beds, borders, containers, mass plantings, and cottage gardens.
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Calendula officinalis ALTERNATE NAMES: Pot marigold, common marigold, Scotch marigold
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Days To Maturity
Average number of days from seeding date to harvest, within a specific crop group. If a transplanted crop: average number of days from transplant date. Not sure if crop is direct-seeded or transplanted? Check the Growing Information box for details. If crop can be both direct-seeded or transplanted, days to maturity refers to direct seeding. Days to maturity for all flowers and herbs is calculated from seeding date.
50 - 55 Days
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. Open-pollinated: A non-hybrid variety that can reproduce itself in kind, demonstrating relatively stable traits from one generation to the next.
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.
Attracts Beneficial Insects
Variety attracts and supports pollinators and/or insects that prey on garden pests.