Monday, December 11, 2017

Plant Profile: Desert Marigold

Desert Marigold
Baileya multiradiata
A familiar plant found along the Maricopa Trail is the Desert Marigold.  The hardy perennial with grayish green leaves and daisy-like yellow flowers normally blooms from March through November, although depending on weather and rainfall, they can pop up almost anytime. The lone blossom shown here added a welcome spot of color in December.  The plant is a member of the Asteraceae family and grows in clumps up to 30 inches high and 24 inches wide. It thrives in disturbed, sandy soils such as those found in washes and along roadsides.  In addition to its long blooming season, the plant has a large range covering much of the Southwest between 300 and 6500 feet in elevation.  

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