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Is my marigold Calendula??

Posted by Euphoria526 TroyAL8 (My Page) on
Mon, Nov 1, 04 at 12:58

I have some marigolds growing, and the package said they were Calendula Officinalis. But when I went to the seed saving FAQ, the sort of seeds I had (the long thin needle-like ones) were under marigold tagete, or something, and the calendula marigold seeds were these round oval ones. So do I have the marigold with the healing properties, calendula, or the other one? And if not Calendula, does anyone know where I can get some? I'm so confused.


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RE: Is my marigold Calendula??

Do you have a picture of your plant in flower?


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RE: Is my marigold Calendula??

I just went out and took one. They aren't at their peak, they're flowering. It's a $10 digital camera, so it's not very detailed, but maybe you can see enough. The petals are all ruffley, you can't see separate petals, if that helps. I wouldn't know, it's the only kind i've ever seen.

Here is a link that might be useful: Marigold


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RE: Is my marigold Calendula ?

"They aren't at their peak, they're flowering"

I meant going to seed, not flowering. Sorry.


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RE: Is my marigold Calendula??

That is a marigold, not calendula. Calendula is more daisy-like in flower appearance. The leaves are totally different too.


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RE: Is my marigold Calendula??

You are right about seed shape too. Calendula is a curley-Q, and Marigold are long thin brown-black tipped seeds. You could post on the seed swap, and get lots of replys for Calendula seed.
Enjoy! Lynn


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RE: Is my marigold Calendula??

Thanks for all the replies, I get it now. But is Calendula another kind of marigold, i've always heard it called that. Is it the french marigold, or what's it's common name?


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RE: Is my marigold Calendula??

An old common name for calendula is "pot marigold". And I do mean OLD - it got this name way back in time in England (I'm thinking Elizabethan or thereabouts??) when the green parts of the plant were boiled to be eaten as a vegetable.


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