Calendula 'Nova'

Calendula officinalis

How to grow Calendula 'Nova'

  • Full Sun

  • Medium

Position in a full sun location and remember to water moderately. Keep in mind when planting that Nova is thought of as half hardy, so remember to protect this plant from frosts and low temperatures. Planting Nova in loamy soil with a ph of between 6.1 and 7.8 is ideal for as it does best in weakly acidic soil to weakly alkaline soil.

Growing Nova from seed

Try to aim for a seed spacing of at least 7.8 inches (20.0 cm) and sow at a depth of around 0.2 inches (0.5 cm). Soil temperature should be kept higher than 10°C / 50°F to ensure good germination.

By our calculations, you should look at sowing Nova about 35 days before your last frost date.

Transplanting Nova

As Nova is half hardy, ensure temperatures are mild enough to plant out - wait until after your last frost date to be on the safe side.

Harvesting Nova

Calendula Nova Etymology

Calendula officinalis var. prolifera.
An heirloom (antique) variety, open-pollinated, passed down for generations for its virtue as a food and medicine plant. 1
Also beneficial to bees and beekeepers, and is a good companion plant!

The name Calendula means throughout the months because calendula flowers nonstop throughout the season from spring till fall.3

Nova folklore & trivia

Originally from Ancient Egypt, this medicinal plant found its way to ancient Greece via trade. From Greece it was taken to the Roman Empire via trade.
Later on it went from Rome to Britain via Roman conquistadors, ie. Julius Caesar.
So useful a plant that UK natives did not get rid of it. Instead they wisely chose to use and even cultivate it, although it had been brought in by an oppressor.

In India they are held as a sacred flower and used to make garlands and decorations for weddings and other religious festivals.3

Misspellings of Calendula 'Nova'

Calindula, british marigold, ‘Nova’, ‘Pacific Beauty’, UK marigold

Other Names for Calendula 'Nova'

Pacific Beauty