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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)



Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun




This plant is resistant to deer

Foliage Color:



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)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us



Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Seed Collecting:

Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds


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(4 reports)

Fairacres, New Mexico

Las Cruces, New Mexico

Placitas, New Mexico

Rio Rancho, New Mexico

Brooklyn, New York

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Big Bend National Park, Texas

El Paso, Texas

Linden, Texas

San Angelo, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


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. ... read more


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.