Desert Marigold

  • Scientific name: Baileya multiradiata
  • Sun-loving native wildflowers
  • Prolific in the desert southwest
  • Important for reclamation and restoration

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Desert Marigold (Baileya multiradiata) is a species of sun-loving wildflowers native to the desert environs of southwest U.S. It can be found in the Mojave, Sonoran and Chihuahua desert, and Texas. It is short-lived perennial that sometimes performs like an annual. It is important in reclamation and restoration and proliferates along readouts and other areas of disturbance.

Desert marigold (Baileya multiradiata) is frost, drought, and heat resistant, although flowering and foliage production will stop during severe drought and hard frost. It can be watered intermittently throughout the seasons to keep plants vigorously blooming, if dry conditions arise, or to establish a planting. Avoid overwatering since it is sensitive to crown rot if the soil is too wet, and it may die if overwatered. Plants are self-sown and are often found in clusters but are not intrusive/invasive in nature.

Desert Marigold seed should be planted on a weed free seedbed at ⅛ to ¼ inch depth during fall to early winter, or spring where winters are more severe to avoid dangers of frost. Late plantings might be possible in June or July for bloom production in the late summer and fall. Containerized plants are started from seed, but seedling germination may be erratic, from 7 to 45 days. Transplant Desert Marigold during the fall for plants to become well established. Prune plants during the fall or winter to a few inches above ground to remove damaged leaves and stems and to stimulate growth.

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(Baileya multiradiata)

Desert Marigold NRCS Plant Guide

PDF version of NRCS Plant Guide and Fact Sheet

Prepared By: Thomas, G. J. (2022). USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, Tucson Plant Materials Center. Tucson, Arizona.

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Many plants have more than one common and scientific name. We've listed a few of them below.

  • Desert Marigold
  • Baileya
  • Paper-daisy

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