Is my marigold Calendula??

Euphoria526(TroyAL8)November 1, 2004

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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herbalbetty

Do you have a picture of your plant in flower?

    Bookmark   November 1, 2004 at 1:55PM
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Euphoria526(TroyAL8)

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

    Bookmark   November 1, 2004 at 2:48PM
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Euphoria526(TroyAL8)

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

I meant going to seed, not flowering. Sorry.

    Bookmark   November 1, 2004 at 2:54PM
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herbalbetty

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

    Bookmark   November 2, 2004 at 6:47AM
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Herbalynn(Oregon, 7-8)

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

    Bookmark   November 2, 2004 at 10:44AM
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Euphoria526(TroyAL8)

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?

    Bookmark   November 2, 2004 at 11:35AM
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abgardeneer(Z3, Calgary)

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.

    Bookmark   November 2, 2004 at 2:33PM
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