Helping You Become a More Successful Gardener
Audrey, Eve and George DeLange
Desert marigold is a tender, perennial wildflower that offers a brilliant show for a short time in spring. It is native to the low deserts of southwestern U.S. and northern Mexico. There it’s found in infertile, sandy or gravelly soils. It is visible in large populations for weeks in spring when new plants sprout from seeds. Only in the warmest regions do plants become perennial as they do not stand the slightest frost. Even there most fail to survive extreme summer heat and drought. However, in cultivated gardens, the lifespan may become truly perennial if irrigated infrequently during the dry months.
This small, tufted plant produces fuzzy, silver leaves on short, thick stems. Blooms are unusually large bright-yellow daisies that rival those of hybrid coreopsis in size. They are held atop long bare stems, which persist to hold the petalless “button” of developing seeds after flowers fade. These are attractive textural elements in the desert garden that may self sow if conditions are right. Otherwise deadhead after blooming. Though plants may be available for sale, desert marigold is typically grown from seeds which sprout readily in granular soils.
A1, A2, A3, H1, H2, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Early Spring, Spring, Late Spring
Southwestern United States, Mexico
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Xeric/Desert, Drought Tolerant
Rock Garden / Wall, Wildflower
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