Calendula requires little care. Plant in the spring after all danger of frost has passed in a location that will receive full sun to partial shade. Space plants 6-12″ apart in average soil that is well-drained. Drought tolerant.
Does well in containers or mixed pots. Plant height 18-24″. Pinch out spent flowers to encourage more blooms. They will re-seed but are not invasive. Attracts butterflies to the garden.
Calendula, Alpha calendula officinalis
Calendula is often referred to as ‘Pot Marigold’, with their upright – mounding tendency, – indeed they are as easy to grow as marigolds, however, Calendula sports large 2 1/2″ blooms. This mix contains an appealing range of bloom sizes and shades of orange colors. Flowers and leaves give a fresh, clean scent and are used as an antiseptic, food coloring and mild spice.
While Calendula does have edible flowers, they can be bitter; it is grown more for its beauty and medicinal value, as it has a high resin content. Blossoms are rich in carotenoid for use as dye. For example, the petals make a nourishing cream for the skin, used as an aid in treating acne and cold sores. An infusion is good for digestion and is said to relieve colitis and symptoms of menopause, and a tea made from steeping the petals can be used as a rinse to lighten and brighten hair. Calendula makes an attractive cut flower and can be grown in the vegetable garden to help with insect control.