of the calendula are quite large and easy to germinate. After you plant them, they will always be there. They are not a perennial, but since they reseed so readily, they just keep coming back.
Another nice feature of this flower is it's capability to adapt to a pot. Often called a pot marigold, it can be started indoors in a pot, and even grown in a pot outdoors. Grow in full sun.
The 2" blooms are not only very colorful yellow or orange, but they are edible, so can be used in salads, on cakes, in drinks, or as a garnish for any dish. To me the plant has a faint rhubarb scent. This plant is one of the easiest to grow of all flowers and requires little maintenance. It can withstand some drought, and will still do well.
When winter comes, I just cut off all spent blooms, and sorry looking leaves. When the soil warms in spring, here come the new plants! If you want to plant some in another area, collect the seedpods from the dried heads & just scatter them in moist soil. They will germinate in a week or so. This is really an easy plant to grow & gives beautiful vibrant colors from spring through October (here in Northern Ca)