Wordless Wednesday: Calendula Officinalis ‘Indian Prince’

These bright jewels, grown from seed, bring a welcome splash of colour around the vegetable beds.

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15 thoughts on “Wordless Wednesday: Calendula Officinalis ‘Indian Prince’

  1. I so much like these. I grew one called ‘King’ once and liked that best of the ones I have tried. Every year I look for it again. Every year I fail. I’m not sure what they are that are flowering in my garden now. They are last year’s reappeared and there are seedlings too. It’s a wonderful plant. I’m surprised everyone doesn’t grow them!

    Esther

    P.S. If I could re-design it, I’d probably choose different leaves – probably like the narrow kind of dandelion ones.

    • Is ‘King’ a double? I love the simplicity of these, this is the first time I’ve grown them and I love them; the rich colour and particularly the way it graduates towards that deep brown centre. Apparently they gently self-sow, but I suspect I will collect a few seeds too, since the veg beds get overturned each year. Sad that your favourite has not re-emerged.
      I should have grown these sooner myself! I much prefer them to the tagetes, though these are planted as usual at the feet of the greenhouse tomatoes to deter whitefly.
      I hardly notice the leaves ;-)

  2. Oh I like these. Their colour is so vibrant. I grow marigolds and love the bright yellow. But the slugs love them too and eat the flower buds argh. Do slugs like calendula?

    • We have French marigolds in the greenhouse too, a motley collection of yellow and orange, but something about these really sings out to me. Not sure about slugs – they seemed to survive the feast in the greenhouse that saw off most of our sweetcorn seedlings, but so did the French marigolds. I suspect we were just lucky.

  3. ‘King’ is a double (how strange these royal connections for such a common flower!). Most flowers where one can choose single or double (like poppies and hollyhocks) I prefer single but with Calendulas the doubles seem to have a much deeper intensity of orange, don’t get tatty as quickly and, it seems to me, are less likely to attract blackfly.

    Inspired by this post, I’ve posted one of mine.

    http://tinyurl.com/3rt5py4

    Esther

  4. I have some Calendulas, but they are yellow ones – not as impressive as your orange ones
    Are the ones in your photos all the same variety? There appears to be quite a lot of variation..

    • Yes, they were all grown from the same packet of named seed (Sarah Raven). I rather like the variety of petals and centres that they display, natural mutability I suppose.
      Sara

  5. Even though Matron doesn’t do flowers, there are a few calendulas and nasturtiums around the plot to encourage the pollinators.

    • They really do lift the plot don’t they, as well as attract in pollinators? I have grown poached egg plants from seed this year too, and borage, and planted them about the plot too. I can’t wait until they flower now alongside the calendula and the nasturtiums. I still can’t stop smiling at the explosion of pink flowers on the salmon-flowered peas, thank you again for those. Look forward to the peas! x

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