This native perennial can be found sprinkled in thick yellow masses along the roadsides in the desert during spring. The wooly, grey foliage is soft to the touch, and the singular stems are topped with perfect lemon-yellow daisy-like flowers. While its most impressive show takes place in the spring, flowering is also triggered by rainfall and humidity throughout summer and fall.
Individual plants tend to be short-lived, but desert marigold naturalizes very easily in the landscape by seed. Plant a group of plants in a well-draining location with lots of sunshine for a spectacular bright yellow experience. Mix in with other low-water desert perennials such as Globe Mallow or Penstemon to add color interest in spring. Incorporate Desert Marigold in a rock garden alongside cacti and agave for texture and contrast.
Height: 6 – 12 inches
Width: 6 – 12 inches
Bloom color: Yellow
Flowering season: Spring, Summer, Fall
USDA minimum zone: 6
Cold hardiness: -10° F


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