The Q&A Archives: Is Calendula A Marigold?

Question: I've heard that Calendula is also known as Pot Marigold. Is Calendula really a Marigold? I ask because I'm interested in using Marigolds for their reputed ability to repel some insects form the vegetable garden and I already have some Calendula seeds.

Answer: No. Pot marigold is a common name for calendula, but calendula is a different genus from marigold. Marigolds are in the genus Tagetes, such as Tagetes erecta. Calendula is Calendula officinalis. I'm not sure that calendula will display insect repelling properties, but it is a good flower to attract butterflies, as they like a flat landing pad. Thanks for writing.

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