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Tagetes lemmonii     
Mt. Lemmon marigold   
Asteraceae Family     

Compiled by the Master Gardeners
of the University of Arizona Pima County Cooperative Extension.


Form: upright perennial shrub
Seasonality: usually evergreen in Tucson; freezes to ground elsewhere
Size: 3ft, spread up to 6ft; size varies with range
compound leaf
leaf detail of
Tagetes lemmonii
Leaves: compound, opposite; strongly and distinctively aromatic; 2-3in long
Flowers: golden yellow, composite, daisy-like, 1in in diameter; bloom in Fall and Spring
Fruit: seed
Stems/Trunks: old specimens have attractive sprawling habit, branches droop horizontally
Range/Origin: Arizona and northern Mexico
Hardiness: mid to high 20s; freezes to ground but recovers vigorously in warmth

yellow flower
flower detail



Mt. Lemmon marigold
large mound of Tagetes lemmonii
also Tagetes palmeri

aka Mountain marigold

experience suggested that Tagetes lemmonii is day length sensitive since blooming is associated with only two periods of year

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