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Calendula aurantiaca (Pot Marigold)

Synonyms: Calendula sinuata var. aurantiaca


Allergen Potential [1]  Medium
Edible [2]  May be edible. See the Plants For A Future link below for details.
Flower Type [2]  Monoecious
Lifespan [2]  Annual
Pollinators [2]  Bees
Scent [2]  All parts of the plant are pungently scented.
Structure [4]  Herb
Usage [2]  The growing plant acts as an insect deterrent; The flowers are used cosmetically. They can be used in skin lotions and when added to hair shampoos will lighten the hair colour; The flowers are an alternative ingredient of 'Quick Return' compost activator; This is a dried and powdered mixture of several herbs that can be added to a compost heap in order to speed up bacterial activity and thus shorten the time needed to make the compost; A yellow dye is obtained from the boiled flowers; An essential oil is obtained from the plant; It is used rather sparingly, in view of the difficulty in obtaining it, in perfumes that have a rather sharp tang; The flowers close when wet weather is likely to occur and they can therefore be used as a rough means of weather forecasting;
Height [2]  24 inches (0.6 m)
Width [2]  20 inches (0.5 m)
Light Preference [3]  Mostly Sunny
Soil Acidity [3]  Neutral
Soil Fertility [3]  Rich
Soil Moisture [3]  Moist
View Plants For A Future Record : Calendula aurantiaca

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Parasitized by 
Coleosporium tussilaginis[7]
Podosphaera fusca[7]
Puccinia lagenophorae[7]

External References

USDA Plant Profile


Attributes / relations provided by
1Derived from Allergy-Free Gardening OPALS™, Thomas Leo Ogren (2000)
2Plants For A Future licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License
3ECOFACT 2a Technical Annex - Ellenberg’s indicator values for British Plants, M O Hill, J O Mountford, D B Roy & R G H Bunce (1999)
4Kattge, J. et al. (2011b) TRY - a global database of plant traits Global Change Biology 17:2905-2935
5Ben-Dov, Y., Miller, D.R. & Gibson, G.A.P. ScaleNet 4 November 2009
6Biological Records Centre Database of Insects and their Food Plants
7Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
Species taxanomy provided by GBIF Secretariat (2019). GBIF Backbone Taxonomy. Checklist dataset accessed via on 2020-03-21; License: CC BY 4.0