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ntroduced Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Calendula, Pot Marigold, English Marigold • Hindi: गुले अशर्फ़ी Gul-e-Ashrafi, गेंदा Genda • Punjabi: Gulsarfi गुलसर्फ़ी • Urdu: Gul-e-Ashrafi ﮔﹹﻞﹺ ﺍﺷﺮﻓﯽ
Botanical name: Calendula officinalis    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)

Calendulas are a very prolific, easy to grow annual flower. Also known as "Pot Marigolds", these bright yellow and orange flowers are a familiar sight in cottage and country gardens. The petals have a pungent, spicy flavor and the leaves have a bitter aftertaste. Calendula are grown from seeds. Sow seeds early in the season and cover lightly with 1/4" of garden soil. They germinate easily and will grow quickly, producing their first of a continual display of blooms by mid-summer. Calendula like rich, well drained soil, but are very tolerant of average to slightly poor soils.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in cultivation in Delhi.

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