Calendula English Marigold
Calendula English Marigolds just keep on going in cool climates. They attract also sorts of beneficial insects and have medicinal uses. This variety has pretty orange flowers to approx 45 cms.
Frost tolerant and adds winter colour.
Sow – September to February.
Spacing – 30cm.
In historic times Calendula was more often used for magical purposes than medicinal ones. One 16th-century potion containing Calendula claimed to reveal fairies. An unmarried woman with two suitors would take a blend of powdered Calendula, marjoram, wormwood and thyme simmered in honey and white wine used as an ointment in a ritual to reveal her true match.