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botanical name:
Calendula officinalis 'Neon'
Calendula officinalis 'Neon' © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Marigold
family:  Asteraceae
characteristics: annual/biennial, scented/aromatic
height: 0.70m
width: 0.40m
growth rate: fast
growth habit:
leaf colour: green
flower colour: orange
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
Hardy annual. Dark maroon red buds open to orange double flowerheads with darker burgundy red edges and petal tips. Hairy, aromatic leaves. Long flowering season.

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.

Easy to grow, long flowering garden annual. Excellent for cut flowers.
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.

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