Calendula officinalis 'Indian Prince'
|Sow Under Cover
- Hardy Annual
- Cutting Garden
- Broad Tolerance
- June - August
- 45cm (18in)
- Common name
- English Marigold
- Full Sun
- 30cm (12in)
- Sow March-May and/or late August-September under cover or direct into the garden. Grow in well-drained soil in sun to partial shade. As well as the cutting garden they also work well among a range of plants in a mixed herbaceous border.
Deep orange, with crimson backs that match the crimson centre of the flower.
I use them in brilliantly coloured arrangements and eat the petals in salads. This is also lovely dipped in batter for garden Fritto Misto or make the flowers into excellent and effective, natural calendula skin-healing cream. Calendula flowers are edible with a delicious, peppery taste. Add to salads and soups for flavour and colour.
Line veg garden paths with this to attract aphid-eating hoverflies. It will lightly self-sow.
Keep picking or deadhead to ensure flowers until the first frosts. For stronger plants sow in autumn and over winter. Can be grown in container pots.