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  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

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    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

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    Calendulas are an old fashioned herb with bright yellow or orange flowers. They are profuse bloomers in the spring and fall, but will stop blooming during the hot part of the summer. Their flowers can be used in salads and soaps.

    Latin Name

    Calendula officinalis



    Also Known As

    Pot Marigold , Scotch Marigold

    Type of Plant

    Annuals Annuals
    Herbs Herbs

    Bloom Season

    May - June


    Fall Fall
    Spring Spring


    Max height Max Height: 2'
    Max spread Max Spread: 2'


  • Annual
  • Edible

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun Full Sun
    Part Shade Part Shade


  • Black Walnut
  • Rabbit

  • Attracted Wildlife

    Butterflies Butterflies


    Native Range

    Southern Europe


    Thomas Jefferson was growing calendula at his home as early as 1767.

    Other Details

    Pollinator Pollinator

    Bartlett Tree Expert Company has been working with Mount Vernon Estate since 2011 providing expert arboricultural care and GPS mapping for the estate’s historic trees, as well as support from their research facility.   Mount Vernon is proud to partner with Bartlett Tree Experts and appreciates their sponsorship of George Washington’s Mount Vernon Plant Finder App.

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