This old garden plant was once widely used as a kitchen herb but now it is grown as a trouble-free, summer-flowering. Like radishes in the vegetable garden, the Pot Marigold is a favourite starter plant for young children. A pinch of in spring and in about 10 weeks masses of appear above the hairy, pungent . Pinch out growing points on young to encourage bushiness.
VARIETIES: There are now many variations on the flat, orange flowers borne on the old-fashioned C. officinalis of the cottage garden. The colours range from the 1/2 ft ‘Lemon Queen’ (yellow) to the 2 ft-like ‘Geisha Girl’ (reddish-orange). ‘Radio’ has orange, fluted petals and ‘Art Shades’ has pastel flowers – apricot, cream, etc. The best compact variety is the 1 ft’Fiesta Gitana’.
SITE AND SOIL: Thrives best in poor soil in sun or partial shade.
PLANT DETAILS: Height 1-2 ft.
Spacing: 1 ft.
Flowering period: June-October.
PROPAGATION: Sowin September or March where they are to flower. Thin to required spacing.