Calendula, Pink Surprise

Name

Botanical Name

Family

Native to

Water

Sun

Soil

Height

Width

Space

Calendula, Pink Surprise

 

Calendula officinalis

Asteraceae

Origin is obscure but probably southern Europe

Moist; well-drained

Full sun - part shade in hot weather

Medium fertile - but will grow in any soil

16"

14"

14"

Price

4" Pot:  $2.20

6" Pot: $3.50

Terracotta pots and other planters:  Prices vary

Description

  • Petite, ruffled, orange-salmon petals on short stems

  • The medium-dark, green leaves are covered with fine hairs

  • The compact size makes it perfect for containers and borders

Keeping it Going

  • Do not over water (no water in saucers under pots); and ensure soil is well-draining

  • dead head to promote more blooms

  • Move containers to part shade during hot summers 

  • Tolerates drought

  • Tolerates frost

Won't Tolerate

  • Excessive heat

  • Excessively moist soil (causes root rot)

History

&

Points of Interest

  • Origin is obscure, but possibly native to southern Europe

  • Has been mentioned in many historical texts from Shakespeare's, A Winter's Tale," to "Macer's Herbal" (15th century).  

  • The colonists used the petals to color butter and cheese.  They also added them to soups for flavor.

  • Calendula has been called the "poor man's saffron" because it adds rich color and spice to many dishes (rice, salad, bread, etc.)

  • Parts used:  Petals/ flowers (petals can be used fresh or dried)

  • Uses:  Medicinal, culinary, cosmetic, and aromatic

  • Attracts pollinators - butterflies love them!

  • This low growing annual is perfect for containers, borders and cut flower gardens

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