Calendula, (pot marigold) receives a distinction of being the most colorful herb in the garden and also 2008 herb of the year by the International Herb Association.
It belongs in the daisy family (Asteraceae), genus calendula, which has about 20 species. It is different from the common marigold which belongs in the genus tagetes.
I have had the common marigold for many years, but was only introduced to calendula a few years ago.
Calendula flowers come in orange and yellow...
...some with beautiful florets.
Calendula does not have the strong scent of tagetes. It is known to have medicinal properties. The blossoms are edible and widely used in cooking, added to salad, soup, cream cheese, etc. for color and mild peppery flavor.
Calendula prefers full sun and cool temperature.
With the temperature getting cooler, my calendula has re-bloomed.