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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
Annual or sometime biennial with branching stems, hairy green, aromatic leaves and large yellow or orange flowerheads in summer.

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

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

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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