AZ Arboretums

Baileya multiradiata

Desert zinnia

Common: Desert marigold
Family: Asteraceae
Origin: Desert regions of US Southwest
Sunset Zone: All zones; best in desert
Light: Full sun only
Soil: Prefers loose sandy soil, well-drained
Water: Water if desert rains fail

Provides abundance of flowers over long period and is often included in dry climate seed mixes. Butterflies are attracted to the flowers. Use on level land, on slopes, and in natural landscaping. Plants grow from 1 to 1-1/2 feet.

Basic bloom period is spring through fall. Year-round bloom from self sown seedlings is possible in low desert. Foliage is gray; flowers are inch-wide and bright yellow.

Sow seed fall or spring, rake in, and water thoroughly. Keep moist until seeds sprout, then reduce watering to 1 or 2 times a week. To prolong bloom, water every week or two.