Desert marigold (Baileya multiradiata, Asteraceae) can be found throughout much of the southwest US at elevations up to 5000 feet. Fond of full sun and well-drained soil, it’s most often associated with creosote scrub and Joshua tree woodlands. Although it can survive drought conditions, this perennial is capable of growing quickly in the presence of some water.
What really makes this plant stand out are the large, bright yellow flowers that bloom from early spring into the summer. Up to two inches in diameter, the stacked ray florets at the margins make this one of the showier flowers in the American deserts. Occurring singly at the end of each thick stem, they’re real attention-grabbers.