Calendula, Alpha, Organic, Garden Plant


Clear, bright orange blooms are reminiscent of gerberas.

High resin content for medicinal use. 2 – 3 1/2″ blooms. Also known as pot marigold, common marigold, and Scotch marigold.

•Edible Flowers: Petals of the flowers can be used fresh or dried in “flower confetti,” soups, soufflés, rice dishes, baked goods, and to garnish desserts. Calendula is a popular choice for brightening up salad mix. Flavor is tangy and slightly bitter. Remove the petals from the flower base before consuming as the base can be quite bitter.
Organically grown.

12 in stock (can be backordered)


DAYS TO GERMINATION: 7-14 days at 70°F (21°C).

SOWING: Make 2-3 successive sowings 2-3 weeks apart for continuous blooms from summer to heavy frost.
Direct seed (recommended): After last frost, when the soil is warm, sow 6 seeds per foot, 1/4″ deep. Thin.
Transplant – Sow 4 weeks before last frost, 2 or more seeds per cell or container. Thin and transplant outside after the last hard frost.


SOIL REQUIREMENTS: Rich, well-drained soil.



HARVEST: Fresh: Harvest when flowers are 1/2 open.
Edible: Harvest once the flowers are fully open and pull petals off before using in dishes. Do not eat the calyx or flower centers.
Medicinal (‘Alpha’ and ‘Resina’): Flowers are used in antiseptic tinctures and healing skin ointments.

USES: Cut flower. Edible flower. Beds, borders, containers, mass plantings, and cottage gardens.


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