Desert Marigold

Baileya multiradiata

Desert Marigold, Baileya multiradiata, photo © by Michael Plagens

Photographed in Maricopa Co., Arizona. The insect is an assassin bug, Zelus and will predate pollinators attracted by the perfume and offer of nectar.

Photo © by Wikimedia User:Stan Shebs

Photo of Baileya multiradiata (desert marigold) in Red Rock Canyon, Nevada, taken April 2005 by User:Stan Shebs

FLOWERS: Large, showy, pure yellow sunflowers with many ray and many disc florets. The flowers attract many kinds of insects.

PERENNIAL : Plants survive several seasons producing an abundance of blooms in spring and then sporadically at other times of the year. Plants generally less than 1 meter.

LEAVES: Pinnatifid leaves are clustered especially at base of plant and are variously clothed in thick pubescence.

RANGE: Common throughout the Sonoran Desert in Arizona and Mexico and also into the Mojave and Chihuahuan Deserts. Roadsides and washes. Widely cultivated in xeriscape gardens.

FRUIT: The relatively large (4 mm) sunflower-like seeds lack a pappus.


 © by Mike Plagens   assassin bug © by Mike Plagens

Asteraceae -- Sunflower Family

Sponsored Links:

More Information:

Sonoran Desert Field Guide
Sonoran Desert Places
Sonoran Desert Naturalist Home Page

Copyright Michael J. Plagens, page created 24 Sept. 2008,
updated 18 July 2015.