Tagetes lemmonii - Copper Canyon daisy
About 50 species of Tagetes
are native to Africa and North and South America. The best known of the species is the hybrid
annual marigold which exists in a myriad of forms. The Copper Canyon
daisy is a relatively new plant to our gardens. It is native to the American
southwest and northern Mexico.
It may flower sporadically through the year but tends to bloom heaviest in
autumn with bright yellow daisies. The foliage is finely dissected and has an
aroma reminiscent of the annual marigold.
See plants on the east side of building 39 and at parking garage 44.
Herbaceous plant with stems to three to four feet tall.
Light: full sun
Water: drought tolerant
Soil: well-drained soil is essential, no other special requirements
In north Florida,
it may be evergreen. It dies back to the ground and recovers in spring from low
temperatures in the mid-20’s F.