Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Calendula Plant Profile

Calendula Plant Profile

Calendula (Calendula officinalis) also known as Pot Marigold or Poet's Marigold. It is a half-hardy perennial plant that readily re-seeds itself. It is hardy to USDA zones 2 to 11.

Plant it in full sun and in well-draining, loamy soil. Water it only during periods of drought. Deadhead it frequently to encourage continual blooming. Calendula is also a long-lasting cut-flower.

You should occasionally weed around the plants and carefully pull out any new seedlings to pot them up and pass them on to other gardeners.

It was named Herb of the Year in 2008 as it is both edible and beneficial. Snip off the colorful ends of the flower petals to add a pretty accent to any salad or as a decoration on baked goods. It has a very light taste -- like a spicy pale honey. The dried petals can be used to color broths, cheeses, and butter. They are a thrifty substitute for the much more expensive saffron spice.

Calendula tends to sulk in the summer heat here in the Mid-Atlantic US, but that is just a pause in its robust routine. In my garden plot, I cannot recall any month of the year that it doesn't have a few blooms opening up. This is a tremendous workhorse that belongs in every edible and cutting garden.

Calendula: You Can Grow That!

The video was produced by Washington Gardener Magazine as part of our Plant Profile series for Mid-Atlantic USA gardeners.

Audio, photos, and text by Kathy Jentz

Video and editing by Carrie Peo

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