(Calendula oficinalis) Calendula is an annual flower native to Eurasia/North Africa. It is considered both an herb and an ornamental; the flowers and leaves are used medicinally. The blooms are also rich in resins that can help to deter some garden pests. Seeds germinate in 5-14 days. Plants benefit from starting in cooler temperatures; sow them directly outdoors a few weeks before last frost is expected, or start indoors 6 weeks before last frost. Sow seeds 1/2 inch deep. The ideal germination temperature is 55-60 F, but is fairly flexible. Deadhead to keep blooming. Companion plant with cabbage family members and tomatoes.
The colors are what makes these flowers such a charming attraction! The stunning hues of peach, apricot, orange, vanilla and yellow, sometimes bicolored or tricolored, captivate the eye. At sunset, the petals fold up for the night to reveal flashy red or maroon backsides. As with most calendulas, they will do better in a sunny spot. This is a wonderful choice to start with -- and remember that calendulas have many medicinal and culinary uses. Another wonderful selection from plant breeder Frank Morton.
Calendula is incredibly versatile with boundless culinary, healing, pest-repelling and ornamental properties. We love this new twist on the traditional calendula; soft yellow-pink petals have a surprise cerise color on their backs. This dual color pattern gives the blooms a bold, three-dimensional effect. An excellent companion plant for tomatoes in the garden or containers! Another wonderful selection from plant breeder Frank Morton.