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Desert Marigold (Baileya multiradiata)
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Desert Marigold (Baileya multiradiata)

General: Desert Marigold (Baileya multiradiata) are annual flowers with relatively large, showy, yellow flowers that can turn the landscape yellow during a good year. The flower is a typical daisy (composite) flower.

Desert Marigolds are common components of the spring wildflower display along washes and on bajadas in the Lower Sonoran (Creosote-Bursage Flats) and Upper Sonoran (Mojave Desert Scrub) life zones.

Desert Marigold (Baileya multiradiata)

Family: Sunflower (Asteraceae).

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Plant Form: Annual, biennial, or perennial forb with basal leaves and upright flower stalks. As a perennial forb, to about 1-1/2 feet tall and 2-feet across.

Height: With flower stems, to about 20 inches. Leafy parts usually to about 6 inches.

Stems: Generally undivided above base.

Desert Marigold (Baileya multiradiata)

Leaves: Mostly basal with a few small leaves on the flowering stems. Basal leaves to about 5 inches long, deeply lobed (almost looks compound), white-hairy. Leaves on the stems are short (to about 1 inch) and narrow.

Flowers: Blooms late spring to early summer, then again in the fall (as late as late November) if conditions are right. Inflorescence: one flowerhead per stem Flower: showy daisy-like flower (composite with disk and ray flowers), bright yellow to yellow-orange, to about 1-1/2 inches across.

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Desert Marigold (Baileya multiradiata)

Habitat: Dry, well-drained sandy, gravelly, and rocky soils on upper bajadas and moderate slopes in the lower mountains.

Elevation: About 2,000 to 5,000 feet

Distribution: California to New Mexico, and south into northern Mexico.

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Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate. Names generally follow the USDA database.
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