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common name: Marigold
synonyms: Calendula suffruticosa
full sun, part shade
moist soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -15°C
USDA zone: 8 to 9
Annual or sometimes biennial with branching stems, hairy green, aromatic leaves and large yellow or orange flowerheads in summer. Long flowering period.
Any well drained soil, even poor ones, in full sun or part shade. Dead-head to prolong flowering.
From seed sown in spring or autumn, usually in-situ.
Young leaves are edible in salads and petals may be used to make a tea. Flowers are also used as a dye and food colouring. Long history as a medicinal herb.
Attractive to insects.
Very good companion plant, for example with potatoes.
Native to northern Africa.