Calendula Facts

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Calendula Facts image by Orgazmika: Flickr.com

Overview

Calendula officinalis goes by the common names of pot marigold, English marigold and poet's marigold. This annual herb is easy to care for and does well growing in a container.

Plant Traits

Calendula explodes with gold, red, yellow and white blooms from summer to fall. It grows to a height of 12 to 24 inches. A single plant can spread from 12 to 18 inches wide.

Environment

Calendula cannot tolerate drying out, so keep it watered. This herb survives in cold weather throughout the fall season.

Care

Pinch off the dying blossoms to encourage the plant to maintain its bushy appearance and produce more blossoms. Be aware that calendula can be aggressive if allowed to go to seed.

Uses

Calendula adds dramatic color to bouquets and dries well. Culinary uses include flavoring soups and salads. It can be used in place of saffron because the yellow pigment colors the surrounding food.

Benefits

Calendula is deer resistant because of its taste. The colored blossoms attract butterflies to a garden.

Pests

Calendula can fall prey to aphids, snails, slugs and cabbage loopers. It is susceptible to powdery mildew.

References

  • NC State University: Calendula Fact Sheet
  • Cornell University Growing Guide: Calendula

Who Can Help

  • Penn State University Department of Horticulture: Calendula
Keywords: Calendula officinalis, marigold, annual herb

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Karen Carter spent three years as a technology specialist in the public school system and her writing has appeared in the "Willapa Harbor Herald" and the "Rogue College Byline." She has an Associate of Arts from Rogue Community College with a certificate in computer information systems.

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