A new twist on the medicinal cottage-garden flower, this fancy beauty makes other calendulas look plain. Bronzy-orange petals fade to a delicate light pink, artfully contrasting with the yellow base and maroon back. Add the edible petals to salads and sandwiches or use as a garnish for a pretty touch.
Botanical Name: Calendula officinalis
Native: Probably the Mediterranean region
Hardiness: Frost-tolerant annual; may reseed to come back following year.
Plant Dimensions: 12″–24″ tall
Variety Information: 1½”–2½” fully double, bronzy-orange petals that fade to a delicate light pink, contrasting with the yellow base and maroon back.
Exposure: Full sun
Bloom Period: Spring to frost
Attributes: Attracts Pollinators, Cut Flower, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Edible Flower
When to Sow Outside: Cold Climates: 2 to 4 weeks before your average last frost date. Mild Climates: Early spring for summer bloom and late summer for winter bloom. Ideal soil temperature for germination is 68°–85°F.
When to Start Inside: 4 to 6 weeks before your average last frost date; recommended for cold climates.
Days to Emerge: 5–15 days
Seed Depth: ¼”–½”
Seed Spacing: A group of 4 seeds every 12″
Thinning: When 2″ tall, thin to 1 every 12″