Calendula officinalis is one of my top ten flower plants to grow with children. Everyone thinks of a sunflower as a children’s flower. The pot or English Marigold may not grow so tall, but it matches the sunflower’s beauty, petal pattern and gorgeous orange and yellow colours.
|Marigold – child friendly plant|
- It is an annual & easy to grow from seed.
- It will self- seed.
- It is bee friendly.
- The plant will keep flowering from June/July to the first frosts (though you will need to keep deadheading for this to occur).
- It has edible flowers – use in salads or to dye rice.
You can germinate in pots or sow direct into the ground once the soil begins to warms up in March /April.
Do not confuse with French Marigolds Tagetes Patula which are not edible.
|Marigolds on edge of vegetable bed|