Carnegiea gigantea, Giant Saguaro

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Cirsium ochrocentrum, Yellowspine Thistle

Tagetes lemmonii, Lemmon’s Marigold

Tagetes lemmonii, Lemmon’s Marigoldii, Southwest Desert Flora Tagetes lemmonii, Lemmon’s Marigoldii, Southwest Desert Flora    Tagetes lemmonii, Lemmon’s Marigoldii, Southwest Desert Flora

Scientific Name: Tagetes lemmonii
Common Name: Lemmon’s Marigold
Also Called: Alamos marigold, Copper Canyon Daisy, Lemmon Marigold, Mexican Bush Marigold, Mountain Marigold
Family: Asteraceae, Sunflower Family
Synonyms: (Tagetes alamensis, Tagetes palmeri)
Status: Native
Duration: Perennial
Size:Up to 3 feet.
Growth Form: Shrub or sub-shrub; erect, multiple branches.
Leaves: Leaves green; margins are pinnately lobed with three or five lobes, lobes linear to lanceolate; leaf also variably dentate with fine hair-like spines on each tooth; leaves up to four inches long.
Flower Color: Bright yellow; ray and disk florets; flowering stalk or peduncle may be 20 inches long; bracts or phyllaries subtending head with dark dot-like glands; fruit is an achene.
Flowering Season: August to October following sufficient summer rainfall
Elevation: 4,000 to 8,000 feet.

Habitat Preferences: Canyons and moist areas in grasslands and pinyon juniper communities in southeastern Arizona.

Recorded Range: In the United States, Lemmon’s Marigold is found in southeast Arizona; Pima, Santa Cruz and Cochise counties. Also found in northwest Mexico.

North America & US County Distribution Map for Tagetes lemmonii.

U.S. Weed Information: No data available.
Invasive/Noxious Weed Information: No data available.
Wetland Indicator: No data available.
Threatened/Endangered Information: No data available.

Genus Information: 8 species in Tagetes throughout much of the United States and eastern Canada.

Comments: The genus Tagetes includes the popular cultivated Marigolds, both the African and French varieties known for their handsome yellow-orange flowers and familiar "Marigold" scent. Lemmon’s Marigold, although limited in its native distribution to southeastern Arizona and northern Mexico, is readily available in the nursery trade and makes an ideal landscape specimen for desert gardens. Cultivated plants may grow up to 3 feet tall and 4 or 5 feet wide blooming in both spring and fall.

Date Profile Completed: 10/24/2012; Updated, 07/26/2015, updated format 10/11/2017
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service on-line database
Arizona Flora, Kearney, Thomas H., Peebles, Robert H., 1960, University of California Press, Berkley and Los Angeles
John L. Strother, FNA | Family List | FNA Vol. 21 | Asteraceae | Tagetes, Flora of North America Editorial Committee, eds. 1993+. Flora of North America North of Mexico. 16+ vols. New York and Oxford. (accessed 10/24/2012)
SEINet for synonyms, scientific names and recorded geographic locations,