Desert Marigold

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Desert marigold (Baileya multiradiata) is an annual plant native to the southwestern United States and Mexico. It is a member of the daisy family (Asteraceae) and grows to be about 1-2 feet tall. The leaves are gray-green and woolly, and the flowers are bright yellow. Desert marigolds bloom from spring to fall, and they are a popular wildflower in the desert Southwest.

Desert marigolds are drought-tolerant and can grow in poor soils. They prefer full sun and well-drained soil. Desert marigolds can be propagated from seed or by division.

They are not poisonous to humans, but they are poisonous to livestock. If you have livestock, you should avoid planting desert marigolds in areas where they can access them.


Desert Marigold
Baileya multiradiata
Desert Marigold

Desert marigolds are a beautiful and versatile plant. They can be used in a variety of landscape settings, including rock gardens, borders, and meadows. Desert marigolds are also a good choice for cut flowers.

Here are some additional facts about desert marigolds:

The scientific name, Baileya multiradiata, comes from the name of the plant's discoverer, Jacob Whitman Bailey.
Desert marigolds are a good source of nectar for bees and other pollinators.
The flowers of desert marigolds can be used to make a yellow dye.
Desert marigolds are used in traditional Mexican medicine to treat a variety of ailments, including stomachache, diarrhea, and fever.

Baileya multiradiata, also known as desert marigold, is native to the following states in the United States and Mexico:

  • United States: Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Utah



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Mary Hoggins
Tyler, Texas

Last year in the Fall, I collected a lot of seeds I planted this year.

Bob Darcy
Dallas, Texas

They really added a big splash of color to the front of my house garden bed. Love them!

Audrey Long
Mobile, Alabama

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