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Plants of the UNF Campus

Tagetes lemmonii - Copper Canyon daisy
Family Asteraceae


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.

Care Instructions:

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.