Marigold, Desert (Baileya multiradiata)

(Baileya multiradiata)
Showy Desert Marigold, Paper Daisy or Desert Baileya

Desert MarigoldDesert Marigold Flower

The Desert Marigold is a short-lived perennial (biennial) that grows in mounds up to 18 in. high. The leaves, which mostly occur in a basal cluster are woolly and grayish in color and may range from being entirely to deeply lobed. From this cluster or mound of branched and leafy woolly, gray foliage arises several nearly leafless flower stems, usually with one long-lasting, but may have 2-3, bright-yellow radiate daisy-like flowers. Their main bloom typically occurs in the spring and extends through July where the heat of summer takes it toll, however,  thunderstorms may bring on a second bloom in October and even into November.

In gardens a single plant will grow into a perfect hemisphere of yellow and along desert roadsides, dense patches often form solid strips of yellow throughout the Desert Marigold’s growing season.

Native to the south western region of North America from south eastern California east to Texas and south to the Aguascalientes in north central Mexico. 

Conditions of Poisoning:
Ingestion, Skin contact

Toxic Principle:
Sesquiterpene Lactones

Clinical Symptoms:
Reactions to ingestion of this plant can include both gastrointestinal and cardiac effects. The gastrointestinal effects can consist of nausea and vomiting, excess salivation, abdominal pain, diarrhea that may or may not contain blood. Other symptoms may be Metabolic Acidosis and/or Hypoglycemia.


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