Golden Gem Calendula (Dwarf)
Calendula, Golden Gem (Dwarf)
Origin is obscure but probably southern Europe
Moist - well drained (must not sit in water-logged soil)
Full sun to part shade in hot weather
Medium fertile - but will grow in any soil
4" Pots: $2.20
6" Pots: $3.50
Terracotta pots and other planters: Prices Vary
Golden Gem Calendula has ruffled yellow flowers with sometimes a dark apricot center and pink edges. The leaves are covered with short stiff hair and are a medium-dark green.
Keeping it Going
Will re-bloom constantly if old flowers are deadheaded
Do not let plants sit in water-logged soil (no saucers of water under pot)
Excessively moist soil (causes root rot)
Points of Interest
Calendula is a diminutive of the Latin word, "calendulae," which means, "little calendar or little clock." This nickname comes from its habit of closing its petals when the sun goes down (or on cloudy days).
It was mentioned is Shakespeare's, "A Winter's Tale."
Uses: Medicinal, culinary, cosmetic, and aromatic.
Parts used: Flowers - petals
The colonists used the petals to color butter and cheese.
Calendula is sometimes called "poor man's saffron" because the dried petals add rich color to rice dishes, salads, soups, bread, etc.
Attracts butterflies and other pollinators