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Pot Marigold

Calendula officinalis

Also known as

Common Marigold, Jack-On-Horseback, Golds, Goldes, Goldings, Marybuds, Mary's Gold, Rod's Gold, Ruddes, Ruddles, Scotch Marigold, Souvenir, Yellow Goldes, Calendula, Garden-Marigold, English Marigold, Hen and chickens marigold

Calendula officinalis 3517 by Flominator (CC-BY-SA-3.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Pot Marigold Overview

Calendulas are easy to grow herbaceous perennials that are treated as annuals. They will grow in a variety of soil types and need a lot of water. Both the leaves and flowers are edible and make a pleasant tea in small doses. The leaves can be added to salads, and taste either bitter or sweet. Calendulas also make great companion plants as they attract pollinators. A beautiful yellow natural dye is made from the flower petals. It is used culinary, medicinal and cosmetic.

Common problems with Pot Marigold

Not easily affected by pests or diseases.

Pot Marigold Companion Plants


How to harvest Pot Marigold

The flowers should be harvested when in bloom (Winter). Harvest flowers regularly to extend the flowering season.

How to propagate Pot Marigold


Sow seed in situ from end of Summer to Autumn, about 6 mm deep. Germination takes 7-14 days.

Special features of Pot Marigold

Crop rotation

Calendulas are light feeders and do not need a lot of nutrients.

Other uses of Pot Marigold

Culinary, medicinal, cosmetic


Healing plant from Middle Ages times with anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties.


The leaves are sprinkled in salads, soups, caserols and pastas. Flowers have a peppery flavor, though some flowers can be more tangy or spicy, fresh. Also delicious in biscuits, cakes and muffins.

Deer Resistant Plants

Although never fully deer proof - they are less likely to eat these.

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Essential Oils

Some of the most popular plants to grow for essential oil extraction.

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