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Growing Baileya multiradiata:
Desert Marigold

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Form: Herb.
Lifespan: Annual or short-lived perennial.
Growth rate: Rapid.
Mature Size: 1-2' high and wide.
Flowers: Yellow toothed rays with a yellow center. The entire flower head is 1-2" wide.
Bloom: At intervals, all year or spring to fall depending on local climate and water. It is least likely to bloom in January.
Fruit: Seed.
Leaves: Silvery-green, forming a basal rosette to 6" high.
Stems: Long, silvery-green, without thorns, nearly leafless, topped by a single flower.
Wildlife: Attracts bees and butterflies.
Toxic / Danger: All parts of this plant are toxic.
Origin: Southwestern United States and Mexico.

Cultivation and Uses
USDA hardiness zones: 7-11.
Heat tolerant: Yes.
Drought tolerant: Yes.
Sun: Full sun.
Water once established: Once a month. Do not overwater.
Soil: Well drained, dry, no organic content, pH 6.6-9.0 (neutral to highly alkaline). It is prone to root rot in poorly drained soil.
Mulch: Gravel.
Litter: Low.
Propagation: Seed, sown outdoors in winter, exposed to cold and wet conditions. It can reseed easily in disturbed areas.
Uses: Ornamental, xeric garden.

This plant is a member of the Aster family (Asteraceae).

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Baileya multiradiata: Desert Marigold - flower

Baileya multiradiata: Desert Marigold

Latest update: August, 2020
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