Tagetes lemmonii
Mt. Lemon Marigold

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Butterfly FriendlyFull SunDeer ResistantPart ShadeBird Friendly
Mt. Lemon Marigold
Tagetes lemmonii

This evergreen really shines in the winter months with intense color and long-lasting flowers that attracts butterflies, especially yellow sulphers. Combines well with purple native asters and sages. The aromatic foliage is light and airy, a nice contrast to yucca, agave and cacti.

Attracts butterflies and other beneficial insects
Evergreen, flowers for an extended period of time
Fragrant foliage smells like citrus and anise
Deer and rabbits tend to leave this plant alone
Low maintenance, prune once after flowering
Drought tolerant addition to the desert garden

Native Range

Mountain marigold occurs naturally in mountain canyons between 4000 ft (1200 m) and 8000 ft (2400 m) above sea level in northern Mexico and southern Arizona.

Interesting Facts

Have you ever noticed how butterflies will gather on moist muddy ground? It's called puddling. Butterflies are drawn to these spots for water and other nutrients. Try making your own mud puddle at home by filling a dish with soil and some water.


Mount Lemmon Marigold tolerates native rocky soil, but grows larger and blooms more in well-drained, fertile soil. Plant in fall or early spring in full sunlight or filtered shade. Prune in late spring (after flowering) to stimulate bushier growth and more flowering.

Mature Size: 2-3ft. Tall x 2-3ft. Wide

Hardiness Zone: 8-11

Sun Exposure: Full Sun to Part Shade

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