70405Just before the weather gets warm enough for real marigolds, and after the weather starts to get too cool and rainy for them, pot marigold, Calendula officinalis, is at its best. It can bloom at any time of year, depending on when it gets planted, but prefers cool and humid spring and autumn weather. It is not so keen on frost in winter, or the arid warmth of summer that real marigolds enjoy.

They are just as versatile as real marigolds are, and work nicely in pots, but they are known as pot marigold because of their history as culinary herbs. They also have medicinal applications, and can bu used for dye. Mature plants do not often get bigger than a foot tall and wide, with somewhat coarse light green foliage. The two or three inch wide flowers are bright yellow or orange, and can sometimes be double.

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17 thoughts on “Pot Marigold

    1. One of mine stayed hidden under the other perennials, and came back in spring (a few years ago). I did not know they could do that so easily. I did not try to grow it as a perennial.

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  1. Calendula is a lovely old-fashioned flower that I love to have in my garden. It also comes in pale yellow or apricot, and a variety that has red on the backs of the petals. It is wonderful in a skin healing salve. Thanks for bringing attention to a cheerful old flower that should be grown more widely.

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    1. Oh, I neglected to write about those. Calendula is not as popular here as other annuals are. Most are yellow or orange single flowers. Marigolds are still more popular here.

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      1. Calendula and pot marigold are the same. I neglected to write about the pale yellow and apricot colored varieties, or those with red on the back sides of the petals. The ones that are more popular here are the common marigold (not ‘pot’ marigold), which are species of Tagetes.

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      2. Got it! Those paler versions are my fave shades. And I love calendula seeds – the most interesting of any plant I know. I do love the little dime-sized tagetes, and their citrusy scent.

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  2. I love these–aside from the fact the blossoms are good in salad–they are the early and late flowers. I have cut them for bouquets as late as December and early January and I just love love the shape of them and their lovely leaves.

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    1. Oh, I should have guessed! Everyone who knows herbs knows this one! My neighbor really likes it for that reason, although I do not understand why it is so good for tea. It does not taste like much to me. I suppose flavor is not the main benefit.

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