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
• Family: Asteraceae
• 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"