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botanical name:
Calendula officinalis
Calendula officinalis © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Common Marigold, Pot Marigold
family:  Asteraceae
characteristics: annual/biennial, scented/aromatic
height: 0.50m
width: 0.40m
growth rate: fast
growth habit:
leaf colour: green
flower colour: golden
main season: Summer
edible symbol edible
medicinal symbol medicinal
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: moist soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -15°C
USDA zone: 8 to 9
description:
Annual or sometime biennial with branching stems, hairy green, aromatic leaves and large yellow or orange flowerheads in summer.

cultivation:
Any well drained soil, even poor ones, in full sun or part shade. Dead-head to prolong flowering.
May self-seed.

propagation:
From seed sown in spring or autumn, usually in-situ.

usage:
Easy to grow, long flowering garden annual.
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, taken both orally and used externally to treat a wide range of problems.
Attractive to insects.
Very good companion plant, for example with potatoes.

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