Porcupine Calendula Seeds


Porcupine Calendula is a marigold variety that stands out with its bright orange, spiky, quilled petals. Ideal for cut flowers and culinary uses, this plant is also a pollinator-friendly addition to any garden. This is my favorite calendula, it really leaves an impression! Easy to cultivate, perfect for pots and gardens, and matures in just 40-50 days.

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The Porcupine Calendula, known scientifically as Calendula officinalis ‘Porcupine’, is a captivating variety of marigold notable for its vivid orange flowers. These flowers are distinguished by their unique quilled petals that create a visually striking spiky effect. This annual biennial plant is perfect for use as a cut flower and also serves as an edible addition to summer salads. The Porcupine Calendula, like other calendulas, is known for its versatility and attractiveness to pollinators. It has been awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit, reflecting its value as an excellent choice for gardens.

This plant is a part of the Calendula genus, which has been cultivated for centuries, dating back to the 1200s in England. Calendula species are known for their medicinal, culinary, and dyeing uses throughout history, enriching human civilization across various cultures.

When it comes to growing Porcupine Calendula, it’s a relatively easy plant to cultivate. It thrives in well-drained soil in full sun but can tolerate some afternoon shade, especially in hotter climates. The plant prefers soil rich in organic material and has a low drought tolerance, so regular watering is important. For optimal growth, space the plants about 12-14 inches apart.

Calendula seeds can be sown directly in the garden just before the last frost date. For earlier blooms, start the seeds indoors about 6-8 weeks before the last frost. The seeds should be sown about ¼-½ inch deep, and they typically germinate in 5-15 days. Pinching the vegetative buds can promote bushier growth. Deadheading, or removing spent blooms, encourages more flowering.

This variety of Calendula is suitable for borders, beds, cut flower gardens, and containers. It’s known to deter insects, making it a good companion plant in vegetable gardens, though this has not been scientifically proven.

In summary, Porcupine Calendula is not just a visually appealing plant but also one with a rich history and practical uses. Its ease of growth and maintenance makes it a suitable choice for both novice and experienced gardeners.


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The Cutest Calendula in the world! Very special.Porcupine Calendula Seeds

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