Seeds of this hardy annual were planted by Jefferson at his boyhood home, Shadwell, in 1767. Often called "marygold" by gardeners before 1800, this species has been used for culinary and medicinal purposes since the Middle Ages. The seeds contained here are a representation of the species or wild type of Calendula with its single yellow and orange flowers. Plant the seeds in a sunny or partially-shaded site in the early spring to achieve a showy display before the hot temperatures of summer. Thin seedlings so they are six to twelve inches apart.
Approximately 20-30 seeds per pack.
Line Drawing from Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture
by L.H. Bailey (1935)