Calendula officinalis

Pot Marigold, English Marigold

This plant attracts the following butterflies:

Brimstone, Comma, Gatekeeper, Small Copper, Small Tortoiseshell

top memorable images of 2003:

thumbnail link Small Tortoiseshell. August 5.

thumbnail link Brimstone. August 6.

thumbnail link Comma. August 22.

thumbnail link Gatekeeper. August 8.


I also photographed another Small Tortoiseshell on September 14 and a Small Copper on August 31.

2003 was the first year that this plant successfully attracted butterflies to my knowledge. The plants were self-seeded off-spring from earlier plants sown from seed.

Bright and cheerful orange flowers are worth growing for the fact that the plant continue blooming well into the winter months; I photographed one flower on 24 January 2004.

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Plant Type: Hardy annual (some forms biennial or short-lived perennial)

Flowers in August

Sow seed in spring for late summer flowering or autumn for the following year.

Height: 30-45cm
Spread: 30cm

This page last updated April 18, 2004