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14 April 2013

Calendula


 
 
In spring, these orange coloured field marigolds (Calendula) grow in abundance.  They seem to thrive in all kinds of soil conditions.  In Tunis, it is possible to see them growing in the most unlikely places such as on waste land and around building sites.  For just a few months of the year these places are covered in a carpet of orange.
 
Calendula officinalis (pot marigold, ruddles, common marigold, garden marigold, English marigold, or Scottish marigold) is a plant in the genus Calendula of the family Asteraceae. It is probably native to southern Europe, though its long history of cultivation makes its precise origin unknown, and it may possibly be of garden origin. It is also widely naturalised further north in Europe (north to southern England) and elsewhere in warm temperate regions of the world.

Calendula are considered by many gardening experts as among the easiest and most versatile flowers to grow in a garden, especially since they tolerate most soils. Seeds will germinate freely in sunny or half-sunny locations, but plants do best if planted in sunny locations with rich, well-drained soil. Pot marigolds typically bloom quickly from seed (in under two months) in bright yellows, golds, and oranges.

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