Wednesday, 09 December 2015 00:00

What's That Seed? Wednesday

Today's "What's That Seed? Wednesday" comes from Seedling Stories, an educator in Toronto who LOVES seeds.

Looking like part sea creature, part alien being, this is the head of a flower that has gone to seed. Do you recognize it? Scroll down to find out what it is.

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Photo: @seedlingstories

It's calendula!

Calendula is a genus of flowers, but your popular garden variety is the species Calendula officinalis.

Calendula officinalis, or pot marigold, is a pollinator favourite and handy companion plant. Its blossoms make nectar through the whole growing season and attract friendly bugs while repelling soil nematodes and asparagus beetles. The plant might also have a penchant for inviting slugs to your garden too, so plant Calendula with tomatoes and asparagus for the most benefit.

You can sow the seeds in spring, even if there is still risk of light frost.

How to save the seed

Calendula will flower and remain in bloom until first frost, and sometimes beyond. After it is pollinated, eventually, the petals will drop and leave the centre of the flower covered in tiny, curved octopus-tentacles. These are the seeds.

They will dry and drop from the plant easily, once they are ready. Check out this video from Mr. Brown Thumb for what the seeds will look like:

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