This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V24", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
This much-praised plant, I think, will be short lived ; at least it will be so with me, when I can get rid of it. Two years ago I thought from its many recommendations we had got a yellow that would be of great use. Last year Calendula meteor was the worst weed I had to contend with. I allowed some clumps of it to remain, to see whether it would come true again. It did so. I should not compare our best strain of African Marigolds to it. I have had them as large and double as the finest Dahlia, and make a far finer show if cut back when young, so as to throw out many laterals.
The College Speculum states that a student of the Lansing Agricultural College, found that the upper surface of a leaf of marigold, Calendula officinalis, of four square inches contained 27,008 stomata, the lower 40,512.
CALENDULA OFFICINALIS, METEOR.
[The note referred to, was given rather to encourage improvement in these old favorites, than as commending in any marked degree that variety. - Ed. G. M].