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Wild Marigold
Baileya multiradiata
About Wild Marigold (Baileya multiradiata) Nurseries Show All Photos Baileya multiradiata is a species of sun-loving wildflower native to western North America, especially the US desert southwest and northern Mexico. It is an annual or perennial clumping patch of silvery-green foliage which bears many tall, naked stems, each topped with a bright yellow marigoldlike flower. The bloom loses its ray florets early, leaving behind a nodding stalk holding the disc florets where the seeds develop. In the garden give it fast drainage, not too much water and lots of surface rocks (no organic mulch or fertilizer). It is somewhat short-lived as a perennial but readily re-seeds itself if conditions are right.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb, Annual herb

Max. Height
1.6 ft (0.49 m)

Max. Width
1 ft (0.3 m)

Summer Semi-Deciduous, Winter Semi-Deciduous

Flower Color

Flowering Season
Spring, Summer

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Desert, flats, washes, slopes and inland valleys


Elevation ?
-30' - 7763'

Annual Precip. ?
1.8" - 19.0"

Summer Precip. ?
0.24" - 3.11"

Coldest Month ?
39.3° F - 61.4° F

Hottest Month ?
61.8° F - 88.8° F

Humidity ?
2.38 vpd - 46.11 vpd

Soil Description
Typically sandy and/or rocky

Soil PH
7.0 - 9.0


Cold Tolerance(° F)
Tolerates cold to 5° F

Sunset Zones ?
7, 8, 9, 10*, 11*, 12*, 13*, 14, 18*, 19*, 20*, 21*, 22, 23

Wildlife Attracted
Attracts many insects, including butterflies and bees

Landscaping Information
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

Water Requirement ?
Extremely Low
Very Low
Moderate - High

Seldom Used

Max. Summer Water ?
No Summer Water
Keep moist


Propagation ?
For propagating by seed: No treatment.

Common uses
Deer Resistant, Bee Gardens

Other Names
Botanical Names
Baileya multiradiata var. multiradiata

Common Names
Desert Baileya, Desert Marigold

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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