Lady Godiva™ Orange Marigold

Calendula 'kercaldiva'

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Lady Godiva Orange Marigold (Calendula 'kercaldiva') at Sargent's Nursery

Lady Godiva™ Orange Marigold flowers

Lady Godiva™ Orange Marigold flowers

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Lady Godiva Orange Marigold (Calendula 'kercaldiva') at Sargent's Nursery

Lady Godiva™ Orange Marigold in bloom

Lady Godiva™ Orange Marigold in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Plant Height:  12 inches

Flower Height:  16 inches

Spacing:  12 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  (annual)

Other Names:  English Marigold

Brand:  Proven Winners


A bushy, mounded, short variety producing bright golden-orange double flowers that are long blooming; perfect for mixed borders or containers

Ornamental Features

Lady Godiva™ Orange Marigold features showy fragrant orange daisy flowers with gold overtones and brown eyes at the ends of the stems from mid spring to mid fall. Its narrow leaves remain dark green in color throughout the season.

Landscape Attributes

Lady Godiva™ Orange Marigold is an herbaceous annual with a mounded form. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant. Trim off the flower heads after they fade and die to encourage more blooms late into the season. It is a good choice for attracting bees and butterflies to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Lady Godiva™ Orange Marigold is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Lady Godiva™ Orange Marigold will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity extending to 16 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 16 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 12 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. This fast-growing annual will normally live for one full growing season, needing replacement the following year.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

Lady Godiva™ Orange Marigold is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers against which the thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Edging  Garden  Container 
Flowers  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features