Calendula, Bronzed Beauty (Organic)
Calendula officinalis. 60 days.
Pale peach with some copper undertones, Bronzed Beauty Calendula offers a unique coloration when compared to the standard orange and yellow calendula color spectrum. Petals are cream on the top and coppery red on the back. Flower center is a nice chocolate brown. This variety is great for people who want some of the medicinal qualities of calendula but prefer a more muted flower palette. Flowers are a little smaller than most calendulas, but have long stems and make a good cut flower. Plants grow to 18”. Flowers begin early and continue late into the season, especially if deadheaded. Deer resistant. Aka, Bronze Beauty.
Direct sow ½” deep, very early in the spring or in the fall to overwinter plants for early blooms. Thin plants to 6-12”. Prefers 60-70°F soil temp. Germination in 10-20 days.
Collect seeds from seed heads that are fully dry. Shell by hand or by dancing, winnow to clean. Finish air-drying if necessary before sealing in airtight container. Some cross-pollination may occur, isolate from other varieties of the same species by ¼ mile.