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CALENDULA officinalis 'Princess Golden Black'

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Family

Asteraceae

Botanical Name

CALENDULA officinalis 'Princess Golden Black'( PRINCESS SERIES)

Plant Common Name

Pot Marigold, Princess Golden Black Pot Marigold

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General Description

Brightly colored and fit for royalty, Princess Golden Black pot marigold is tall-stemmed, and has bicolored gold and black flowers great for gardens and floral arrangements. These bushy annuals grow fast and deliver bright sunny color all season; this series tends to form flowers earlier in the growing season than other pot marigolds.

Pot marigold is a bushy annual that originates from Europe and the Mediterranean region. It is very easy-to-grow but is best in climates where summers are temperate and cool, though plants can be surprisingly drought tolerant once established. It's most popularly raised as a cool season bedding plant.

During the growing season, 'Princess Golden Black' bears double (extra petaled) yellow-gold daisies atop tall, low branching stems; flower centers are a chocolately black. These appear amid many soft medium green leaves and are highly attractive to bees and butterflies. The quilled petals of pot marigold flowers are edible and add a spicy flavor to salads.

This annual is long-blooming and highly rewarding. It needs full sun to partial shade and moist, well-drained, fertile soil. Regular deadheading will encourage continuous flowering as will regular food and water. Enjoy Princess Golden Black pot marigolds in mixed borders, containers, herb gardens or vegetable gardens, this series' flowers have long stems excellent for cutting. In subtropical areas grow them in the cooler dry season months.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    6 - 1

  • Sunset Zone

    A2, A3, H1, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Annual

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    20"-24" / 50.8cm - 61.0cm

  • Width

    12"-16" / 30.5cm - 40.6cm

  • Bloom Time

    Indeterminate

  • Native To

    Europe, Mediterranean

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Gold, Chocolate, Black

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Tan

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Double

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Cutflower, Edible, Herb / Vegetable, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes