Growing Calendula

Latin Name Pronunciation: cuh-len' du-luh

Commonly referred to as Marigolds (not to be confused with the popular bedding plants of the genus Tagetes), the roughly 15-20 species of the genus Calendula are native to Western Europe, the Mediterranean, Southwestern Asia, and the islands off the western coast of Africa and Europe. An annual that tolerates frost, these Pot Marigolds or Garden Marigolds brighten flower beds and borders with colorful, single to double blossoms over a long season, especially when they are sown in succession or allowed to self-sow. They are an ideal choice for cut flower gardens, herb gardens, cottage gardens, and container plantings, as well as for attracting butterflies.

Calendula grows best planted in full sun and in well-drained soil that is rich with organic matter but will tolerate average soil. It thrives when planted in a group (of 6 or more plants). This short-lived annual may stop blooming in the heat of midsummer but will resume once the weathers cools. Provide plenty of water when first establishing plants and in periods of dry weather. Deadhead to encourage continuous new blooms and pinch plants when young if a more compact habit is desired. Perennial in zones 9-11.