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botanical name:
Calendula officinalis 'Pink Surprise'
Calendula officinalis 'Pink Surprise' © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Marigold
family:  Asteraceae
characteristics: annual/biennial, scented/aromatic
height: 0.55m
width: 0.40m
growth rate: fast
growth habit: bushy
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
description:
Hardy annual. Semi-double to double soft orange flowerheads with an unusual tinge of pink, freely produced over a long period in summer. Hairy, aromatic leaves.

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


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

usage:
Borders, bedding, containers.
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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