Botanical Name: Baileya multiradiata
Common Name: Desert Marigold  
Plant photo of: Baileya multiradiata
California Native Plant
  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type



Height Range

Under 1', 1-3'


Flower Color

Gold, Yellow


Flower Season

Spring, Summer, Fall


Leaf Color

Grey Green, Grey, Silver


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season






Very Low


Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Poor, Well-drained


Soil pH

Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

Ranch, Spanish, Wild Garden


Accenting Features

Showy Flowers


Seasonal Interest

Spring, Summer, Fall


Location Uses

Entry, Foundation, Patio, Raised Planter, Roadside, Walkways, With Rocks


Special Uses

Cut Flowers, Erosion Control, Mass Planting, Naturalizing, Small Spaces


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: George Hull MSN
Photographer: Mountain States Nursery
  • Description

  • Notes

Fast growing annual or biennial forming soft clump of soft wooly gray leaves. Bright yellow daisy like flowers appear spring thru fall. At lower elevations, can bloom nearly year round. Full sun. Heat & drought tolerant. Needs good drainage. Will reseed some to establish. Flowers top at 12". Will rot with too much water. Little is needed even in the low desert. Native to mesas, plains in west, along roads to 5000'. Deadheading will prolong bloom. Great cut flower. Very cold hardy.
Planting: 1. Dig a hole 1" less the depth and 2 times the width of the container. 2. Fill hole with water, let soak. 3. Set root ball in hole. 4. Fill hole halway with native soil and water. 5. Finish backfilling hole, build basin and water.