New! Pastel melon color.
2–3" wide, fully double blooms. Tall, vigorous, healthy plants with sturdy stems. More uniform plant habit and flower size than other calendulas in our trials within this color range. Cream-colored ray petals darken to apricot at the petal edges. 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.
Ht. 18–24". Avg. 5,600 seeds/oz. Packet: 100 seeds.
DAYS TO GERMINATION: 7-14 days at 70°F (21°C)
SOWING: Direct seed (recommended) – After danger of frost, sow 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 planting out.
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.
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Calendula officinalis
ALTERNATE NAMES: Pot marigold, common marigold, Scotch marigold