Calendula (Calendula spp.)

Calendula Plant Features

Calendula is an easy-to-grow annual flower that's been cultivated in home gardens for generations. In fact, it's been mentioned in A Winter's Tale by William Shakespeare. Calendula is prized for its colorful blooms in warm shades of yellow, orange, and cream, as well as its low-maintenance nature. 

Grow calendula in container gardens, as well as beds and borders in front yard and backyard landscapes. It thrives in cool weather, making it a perfect companion for other spring and fall favorites, such as pansies, violas, flowering kale, and other plants. Because it's a relatively small plant, it plays well with others and looks great in the front or middle of the border. 

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Calendula Growing Instructions

Grow calendula in a spot with full sun (at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sun per day). While calendula will tolerate partial shade, it will grow leggy and won't bloom as profusely. Pinching it back regularly can help keep it compact. 

Calendula prefers well-drained soil; it doesn't like to stay moist or saturated for extended periods. Once established, it withstands drought fairly well. That said, calendula grows and blooms best when given regular moisture. 

You typically don't need to prune calendula, but removing faded flowers helps encourage more blooms. If the plant starts to grow leggy, pinching off the top inch or two of growth will encourage a fuller, bushier plant. 

Fertilize calendula if you have poor soil. You can use any general-purpose garden fertilizer. Application rates vary by product; always read the instructions to know how much fertilizer to use and how often to use it. 

Note: Because calendula are cool-season flowers, they often sulk when summer sets in, especially in hot-weather areas.

Calendula is not grown for human or animal consumption. 
  • Water

    Medium water needs

  • Light

    Outside: Sun

  • Colors




  • Special Features

    Attracts butterflies

    Fragrant flowers/foliage

    Super-easy to grow

Complement your Calendula

Calendula and calibrachoa are natural companions. Use calibrachoa to contrast or complement calendula and spill over the sides of container gardens, hanging baskets, and window boxes.

Calendula is often called pot marigold, and it grows well with traditional marigold (Tagetes). The two have similar color ranges that complement one another.

Our favorite varieties

Blond & Brisk Calendula

Blond & Brisk Calendula

Calendula 'Winter Creepers Blonde & Brisk'

Blonde & Brisk is a newer variety that grows 10 to 12 inches tall and wide. It has creamy-yellow flowers and can flower throughout the winter in mild areas.

Amber Arctic Calendula

Amber Arctic Calendula

Calendula 'Winter Wonders Amber Arctic'

Amber Arctic calendula shows off large, orange-yellow flowers that appear over a longer period (even all winter in mild areas) than traditional varieties. It grows 12 inches tall and wide.

Banana Blizzard Calendula

Banana Blizzard Calendula

Calendula 'Winter Wonders Banana Blizzard'

Banana Blizzard calendula is a vigorous variety that shows off pink-tinged creamy-yellow flowers in spring or fall. It grows 10 to 12 inches tall and wide.

Golden Glaze Calendula

Golden Glaze Calendula

Calendula 'Winter Wonders Golden Glaze'

Golden Glaze calendula is a newer long-blooming selection that offers large golden-yellow flowers in spring and fall. It grows 12 inches tall and wide.

Oranges & Ice Calendula

Oranges & Ice Calendula

Calendula 'Winter Creepers Oranges & Ice'

Oranges & Ice calendula holds up well to cool temperatures, blooms profusely, and grows 10 to 12 inches tall and wide. It can act as a perennial in mild-winter areas.

Peach Polar Calendula

Peach Polar Calendula

Calendula 'Winter Creepers Peach Polar'

Peach Polar calendula is a stunning variety that bears big, peachy-orange flowers in the cool months of the year. It grows 10 to 12 inches tall and wide.

Sun Flurries Calendula

Sun Flurries Calendula

Calendula 'Winter Creepers Sun Flurries'

Sun Flurries calendula is an early-season delight that offers wonderful golden-yellow flowers, even when temperatures are frosty. It grows 12 inches tall and wide.

Cheers Orange Calendula

Cheers Orange Calendula

Calendula 'Cheers Orange'

Bred to resist heat, Cheers Orange calendula boasts orange-yellow flowers later into the season than most varieties. it grows 10 inches tall and wide.