1606 N 600 Rd, Baldwin City, 66006

pot marigold, calendula

Calendula officinalis

Each petal is a soft peach edged in dark russet for a two-toned look. Also called pot marigolds, calendulas prefer cool temperatures and may stop blooming during the intense heat of summer. Planting in afternoon shade will extend their blooming season considerably. Calendula flowers will surprise you again when night temperatures begin to cool and will bloom well into fall even with light frosts, and often self-seed from one year to the next. Blooms on 12-18″ stems for great cut flowers. Choose yellow, ivory, apricot, or orange.

‘Cheers Yellow’ and ‘Cheers Orange’ are recent cultivars developed for superior heat tolerance.

‘Orange King’ is an old-fashioned variety from the early 1920s with bright orange petals. Snap off the faded flowers for continued bloom. Self-sows.

An excellent plant for creating predatory insect habitat in the garden. Attracts bees, butterflies, and hoverflies.

Calendula has healed, soothed and held pestilence at bay for hundreds of years. Dried petals of the calendula plant are used in tinctures, ointments, and washes to treat burns, bruises, and cuts, as well as the minor infections they cause.