Along with larkspur and a few others, this ranks high among the annuals whose reseeding habits we encourage in our garden. We've learned to recognize the seedlings by their soft, rounded appearance, and leave them where we want to establish a stand (they look best massed together). With some deadheading, they keep blooming through the summer. Although other colors exist, ours are all golden orange.
||ordinary garden soil
||Germinate at room temperature. Self-seeds in our garden.
detailed seed-starting info below
|Seed ripens||extended period, starting mid-July|
We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.
Seed for this plant is included on my seed trade list
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Visitors to this page have left the following comments
|rigan||Jul 18, 2005||it is a very bad picture of the flower. i have a nice shoy of this flower. if u need , find me and contact me. but.it will cost............................|
A little rude, are we? At any rate, this site only features photos taken in my own garden - good, bad, or indifferent.
|michele owen||May 17, 2006||I think it's a great picture. I realy like your photo's and the fact that you stand back so we can see the plant as a whole.|
|Wendy||Jul 26, 2006||Great plant for drought stricken areas, and a nice picture too!|
|Erin||Sep 05, 2006||Your Calendula look great en masse! Just the pic I needed to see so I can plan for an empty spot next year. Thank you.|
|Margie||Jun 01, 2008||I'm an herbalist and use calendula in my formularies. I purchased a calendula plant last year that has the exact same looking flower as your picture but a very different leaf. I planted calendula seeds this year and the flower does not have the black center but the exact same leaf. Long question short: Do you know of a good web site that will help me properly identify this first plant?
|Sidwell Sehau||Jun 06, 2008||I think the picture is greate. I made a research on it when i was doing my final year at college and i scored high marks on it. I like it even more.Thank you for your great job. |
|Kate||Mar 19, 2009||Last summer I had some kind of caterpillars getting inside calendula flower buds before they open and eating them up from inside out. I got almost no blooms or seeds. Very disappointing! I love calendulas.|
|Paula||Jul 24, 2009||Beautiful pictures!! |
|Irena Montuori||Oct 11, 2009||... it is a lovely self-seeding annual in my garden (Ontario, Canada)- I use it to make tea, also I make Calendula cream - very good for many skin problems, its tincture helps sore eyes too. And to impress my lady friends I include them in my salads along with many edible flowers. I have many different varieties of it. The above orange one in your garden is very lovely. Thank you Rob. |
|Wrecklessb4||Jul 13, 2010||I have been growing these from seeds for 10 years and have finally found out what they are.....thought they might be coryp........ Thanks..."Google"|
|Suzy Wilson||Aug 29, 2010||I was looking for plants that my tortoise can eat in her outdoor pen. I ran across these and I think it's one we both might like. I'll let you know what my tortoise, Girly Girl, thinks.|
Sounds like a great plan!
|mae||Mar 21, 2011||Thanks so much for adding such beautiful pics to the names of edibles, You know my tortoise(Hogarth) will love to munch. He eats everything! What a pleasure it has been visiting your site.
|Sarita||Jul 11, 2011||The pictures are exactly what I needed, I was able to identify the flower, also the leaves, so I remember them from the nursery, finally the clump of plants... so it gives an idea of how the plant will grow. Thank you for the information. |
|Jeanne||Aug 28, 2011||Thank you. This flower has taken off with a vengence (in a good way) and I was having trouble remembering its name. Your website solved my problem. Found you on Google images of orange flowers. Thanks!|
|fred||Oct 11, 2011||this is the first time i have this flowers in my garden, could you tell me when to collect seeds, is it ok just after the flowers lost its petals? i mean mid between lost petals and start getting hard.
some turned brown! but it is hard to get a chance to collect them, as soon as they turn brown they drop in the ground, or they get blown up by wind
It's best to wait till the spent flowerheads are brown and dry; if you find it's difficult to time it just right, you can tie little canvas bags around the flowerheads after they fade, so that the seeds fall into the bag rather than spread all around.
|Audra ||Apr 11, 2016||Beautiful photos, I can't believe they're all of your garden, it must be absolutely lovely! Thanks for all the info!!|
- Seed from '08 garden. Baggy 70F (48%G, 4-7d)
- Seed from '06 garden. Baggy 70F (75%G, 8-17d)
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