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Tagetes lemmonii

Tagetes lemmonii A. Gray

Lemmon's Marigold, Mt. Lemmon Marigold, Copper Canyon Daisy, Mountain Marigold, Perennial Marigold, Bush Marigold, Tangerine-scented Marigold, Mexican Bush Marigold, Shrub Marigold

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Synonym(s): Tagetes alamensis, Tagetes palmeri


USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

This species was named in honor of John Gill Lemmon and his wife Sara Plummer Lemmon, who discovered it on what is now Mt. Lemmon in the Santa Catalina Mountains of southern Arizona. Mt. Lemmon, at 9159', is named for Sara Lemmon who is said to have been the first Anglo woman to reach it's summit.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb , Subshrub
Size Notes: To 4-6 feet in height and spreads to about 6 feet.
Fruit: Fruit is a cypsela (pl. cypselae). Though technically incorrect, the fruit is often referred to as an achene.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov


Native Distribution: The mountains of southern Arizona and adjacent northern Mexico.
Native Habitat: Along streams or other moist soils in grasslands or on cliffs in the Sonoran Desert mountains at elevations of 4000-8000 feet.

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Tagetes lemmonii in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Tagetes lemmonii in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Tagetes lemmonii


Record Modified: 2023-01-27
Research By: Joseph A. Marcus

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