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Calendula officinalis

Hen and chickens marigold

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Features

  • BloomsJune to September
  • Height0.3m to 0.5m
  • Spread0.4m to 0.5m
  • Growth HabitLow spreading
  • Flower ColourYellow-orange
  • Leaf ColourBright green

Description

Calendula officinalis (Hen and chickens marigold). These are hardy annuals, they will produce daisy-like single or double flowers which will bloom in yellow, orange, gold, white, cream. It is an easy fast-growing, bushy annual which will bloom from early summer to the first frost. This species will grow well in a cool climate with full sun and moist fertile soil. This species has been used medicinally and as a culinary flavouring in breads, soups, salads.

Characteristics

Annual or Perennial, Herbaceous

Origin

Southern Europe

Interest and use

Cutting bed, culinary, medicinal, greenhouse, containers.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessHalf hardy (min 0°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Light, Medium, Low salinity
  • Soil pH5.0 to 8.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

Make sure that you deadhead this will prolong the blooms.

Propagation

You should cover the seeds completely as darkness is needed for germination. The seeds may be sown in the spring or autumn months.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Powdery mildew, caterpillars and mosaic virus

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