Garden Marigold (Calendula officinalis)

Garden Marigold (Calendula officinalis) flowering outside my building last weekend. Too showy for its own good, I came home to find that it had been cut out of the pavement promptly on Monday. It had established about 15 metres away from an existing planting in a community garden, on the far side of a set of public bins where it was growing out of the footpath concrete expansion joint. C. officinalis has been a reluctant, ruderal weed in Victoria, occasionally succeeding in establishing on degraded sites which were likely proximate to contemporary or historical garden plantings. The plant has apparently not been well-adapted to make a real breakout and naturalise. It certainly wouldn’t help that they aren’t at all cryptic about their presence!

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