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PlantFiles: Desert Marigold, Desert Baileya, Wild Marigold, Paper Daisy
Baileya multiradiata

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Baileya (BAY-lee-uh) (Info)
Species: multiradiata (mul-ty-rad-ee-AH-tuh) (Info)

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6 members have or want this plant for trade.


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer


Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season
This plant is resistant to deer

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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3 positives
2 neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative Snooksme On Sep 16, 2013, Snooksme from Port Orange, FL wrote:

I live in Florida. Last year the Desert Marigold in a hugh pot bloomed all summer. I planted one in the yard at the back of the flower garden early Spring where it is dryer but gets reclaim water off and on. It has not bloomed all summer but has grown until it takes up the space of an entire volkswagon beetle on the ground. It started out as a bush, leaned over, and now trails as large as stated above. Why and also only about a dozen on the one in the pot? My Purple Cow Nursery in Fl says none of his in pots have bloomed this year and he just cut them all back last week. I need to know if I need to go ahead and just cut back all these big branches or tip as they are now getting into other people's property almost. I can not let them grow outward much longer and am so disappointed. The one in pot in July had about a dozen blooms and then stopped. I wonder if watering too much is the problem?

Positive Frostykay On Nov 16, 2011, Frostykay from Linden, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

I planted Desert Marigold seeds and got one plant up. It bloomed nonstop during our very dry and hot summer and everyone that visited my garden left with a handful of seeds. I live in Northeast Texas.

Neutral shindagger On Jun 7, 2009, shindagger from Oklahoma City, OK wrote:

This plant looks great from spring untill frost, blooming nonstop. It hates too much moisture and I loose some in the spring rains but it reseeds so aggressively that I have to pull a lot of them anyway. Grows in pure sand or the cracks of the sidewalk, very hardy and stands up to heat and dry conditions. Each plant is an upright, big bouquet of yellow/grey.

Neutral frostweed On Jan 4, 2007, frostweed from Josephine, Arlington, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Desert Marigold, Desert Baileya, Wild Marigold, Paper Daisy Baileya multiradiata is Native to Texas and other States.

Positive warp10 On Dec 16, 2004, warp10 from Tucson, AZ wrote:

We have really pretty weeds in Tucson and this is one of them. It survives well on the meager rains we have received during a three-year drought. During our hottest months, it stops flowering, The rains bring this one back to life. In my garden, the foliage tends to grow to 5" to 8", with leafless flower spikes extending to 15" to 20". The grey-green foliage contrasts the bright yellow composite flowers stunningly! The foliage is pubescent and reminds me of 'Dusty Miller.' It self-sows as advertised...but I didn't have success getting seedlings from the seed I harvested and broadcast in a different bedding area. This is a gem if you are looking for some color in a 'grey garden.' Bedding idea: It looks great intermixed with Verbena gooddingii and Penstemon parryi.

Positive oliveoil On Sep 14, 2003, oliveoil wrote:

My marigolds that I planted in the spring from the previous year's seeds are still growing in September. They have tolerated high,dry summer heat and have shaded some less heat-tolerant plants in the garden, allowing them to endure.
By October, I suspect the marigolds' blooms will have stopped coming, and I will remove them and start over again with their seeds in the spring.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Chandler, Arizona
El Mirage, Arizona
Maricopa, Arizona
Mesa, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona
Scottsdale, Arizona
Sedona, Arizona
Tucson, Arizona
Yuma, Arizona
Lucerne Valley, California
Daytona Beach, Florida
Las Vegas, Nevada
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Fairacres, New Mexico
Rio Rancho, New Mexico
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Big Bend National Park, Texas
Linden, Texas
San Angelo, Texas

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