Common names: Copper Canyon Daisy, Lemmon’s marigold, mountain marigold, bush marigold
Botanical names: Compositae Tagetes Iemonii
General information: A member of the Aster family, the Copper Canyon Daisy reaches 4 feet at maturity – can reach 6 feet tall under good growing conditions. A native of the southwestern United States, this sprawling perennial daisy has a distinctive, pungent fragrance that not everyone likes. The Copper Canyon daisy has golden-yellow blooms that are attractive to butterflies and bees. It is a good plant for areas where deer are known to be a problem — it is deer proof! Copper Canyon daisy dies back in winter and comes back from roots in spring.
Size: 4 feet tall x 4 feet wide bush at maturity
Flowers: Golden yellow about 1 to 2 inches across
Bloom time: Fall until frost in North Texas
Leaves: Lacy compound leaves 2 to 6 inches long, with serrated leaflets.
Pests and Disease Problems: Deer proof
Growing in North Texas
Easy to grow in North Texas because it tolerates high, sustained summer heat. It prefers full sun but accepts a bit of shade. It is drought tolerant and wants well-drained soil. It will grow successfully in some of the more alkaline soils in North Texas. Be sure to keep the new plant well watered – two times per week — until it is established. After the Copper Canyon daisy is established, it requires little supplemental water.
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service: Tagetes lemmonii
Keywords (tags): perennial, flowering, shrub, native, deer proof, butterflies, full sun, low water