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Calendula officinalis (English Marigold, Calendula)

Type Herb, Bedding Plants & Tender Perennials, Culinary, Deciduous, Flowering
Form Upright Taller-Growing Clump
Size Medium Border Plant (50-180cm height)
Colours Orange Flowers (Summer), Light green Foliage
Care Low/Easy Maintenance - Tough Plant
Hardiness Frost tender, Drought Tolerant
Growth Fast Growing Plant
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Calendula officinalis Description

Calendula is a fantastic plant if you require quick results with a minimum of fuss. Expect plants to seed and spread quickly and easily. This is fine if you like orange but they can easily become a weed if you are fussy about your colour schemes. Marigold works exceptionally well with vegetables and herbs where it will seed into and provide a great splash of orange.

Calendula officinalis - Cultivation Notes

Marigold is a fast growing reliably easy to grow annual that will flourish all but the poorest and heaviest soils. Calendula prefers dry soils in full sun but is tolerant of most soil types and light levels. Sow direct in spring or autumn into raked soil and thin to 20 - 30cm between plants. Lift and compost after flowering and expect plants to freely seed into beds and borders.

Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage

Strengths of Calendula officinalis:

  • Sun loving drought tolerant plant
  • Attracts wildlife to feed or nest
  • All round tough plant suitable for problem areas
  • Tolerates full sun and sandy, drought-prone soils
  • Tolerates cold exposed locations
  • Tolerates heavy clay soils

Design & Plant Use for Calendula officinalis:

  • Summer flowering plant suitable for drift planting
  • Ideal for planting within the herb garden
  • Annual bedding plant ideal for quick seasonal colour

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