Calendula Golden Emperor blooms with very attractive, enormous, fully double, yellow flowers that resemble chrysanthemums. Calendula blooms all season long, and the fragrant flowers are very attractive to butterflies and bees.
The 'Pot Marigold' flower petals can add colour to salads, rice dishes, soups, stir-fries, stews, and desserts. You can also use the fresh leaves in salads, they give a slight peppery taste.
Calendula will tolerate most soils, although it prefers a moderate to rich loam. It is often highly valued for its medicinal uses, and especially in skin creams to heal cuts, insect bites and abrasions. The flower petals can be used as a substitute for saffron and are edible.
Sow late Summer and Autumn, approx. 15mm deep in moist seed raising medium. It takes approx 8-10 weeks from sowing seed to flowering. Suitable for temperate and subtropical areas.
20 seeds per packet