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Calendula Candyman Orange wins People's Choice Competition 2021

The People's Choice Competition took place at Hyde Hall earlier this year and featured a variety of seed-raised Calendula officinalis.

In exciting news, the results from the People’s Choice Calendula vote 2021, which took place at RHS Hyde Hall this summer, have been announced. Peter Seabrook and Fleuroselect have announced the results of the People’s Choice competition. Visitors chose Calendula officinalis ‘Candyman Orange’ as their favourite.


This striking flower produces large, fully double, deep orange flowers.

plant portrait of Calendula officinalis.

Runners up included:

Snow Princess (Mr. Fothergill’s, Suttons and Thompson & Morgan)

Pacific Flame Beauty (Bertrand)

Neon (Takii Europe, Johnsons, Thompson & Morgan)

Corniche d’Or (Bertrand)

Oopsy Daisy (Takii Europe, Dobies, Mr Fothergill’s)

Orange Flash (Takii Europe, Mr. Fothergill’s, Thompson & Morgan)

Seabrook said: “The ‘2022, Year of the Calendula Trial’ was very popular with the visiting public who admired the wide diversity in this species. In addition to the winners the following varieties also deserve praise: the Bon Bon Series from Benary is early to bloom, compact and free flowering and an excellent choice for pots and containers; Calexis Orange and Calexis Yellow from Van Hemert & Co. are striking for the cactus flowering, quilled petalled blooms and Crown Orange & Crown Yellow from Thompson & Morgan have tall stems which are lovely to cut, have crested double centres and are very long flowering.”


Simon Crawford, commercial director Burpee Europe and chair business unit Home Gardening at Fleuroselect: “These public votes are very valuable to plant breeders as they provide us with insights on the colours, flower shapes and plant sizes that are popular with the consumer. We definitely take these results into consideration


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