Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Copper Canyon Daisy

Copper Canyon Daisy

Tagetes lemmonii 'Compacta'

This plant is almost invasive but is easy to prune and seems can be done at any time. Gorgeous.

Synonyms: Shrub Marigold, Mexican Bush Marigold, Mount Lemmon Marigold

Facts About Copper Canyon Daisy

  • Copper canyon daisy are scientically known as Tagetes lemmonii, Tagetes alamensis or Tagetes palmeri.

  • Common known names are Shrub Marigold, Mexican Bush Marigold and Mount Lemmon Marigold.

  • This plant is a Perennial

  • this plant is nearly invasive but is easily pruned and appears can be done whenever.

  • Can grow to about 6 feet (1.8 m)

  • copper canyon daisy--a lot of bright marigold-like blooms in the fall.

  • Will grow best in Zones 8a to 11

  • a strong scent that is memorable but hard to identify, maybe fruity, woodsy, suggestive of mint or lemonlike.

  • Needs Full Sun.

  • It is in the marigold family.

  • Bloom color are a gorgeous gold, maybe yellow-Orange.

  • They, if left alone, will be prolific spreaders.

  • is attractive to bees, butterflies and birds

  • takes its common name from its home place in mexico, close to the copper canyon.

  • Because of it being drought-tolerant it is desirable for xeriscaping

  • It has become a new backbone of the drought resistant garden in Texas.

  • The daisy grows quickly soon after the last frost and then flowers start in early fall till the 1st freeze.

  • It has shown to be an significant color perennial for deer resistant gardens. When deer have changed their standards of grazing pick because of the drought and over population, there are negative reports of the eating the daisy so far. Utilize copper canyon daisy as a protection to plants that may be appealing to deer.

  • The foliage can be used as a flavoring in cooking or in teas.

  • Can be propagated from From herbaceous stem cuttings, woody stem cutting, softwood cuttings and semi-hardwood cuttings.

  • Some call the copper canyon daisy the pride of Thanksgiving since it is constantly in bloom for this holiday

  • A copper canyon daisy bloom is about 1 inch across.

  • To correctly collect the seeds, let pods dry on the plant then open up to collect seeds

  • Copper canyon daisy (tagetes lemmonii) is a fall garden favorite for good reason: it pumps out pure gold flowers in late autumn and winter when other perennials have closed up shop.

  • The copper canyon daisy still has a lot of blooms on it and of course still smells great when you brush up against it.

1 comment:

Nola said...

Thanks for posting the info on Copper Canyon Daisy. I harvested seed last fall and was looking for info on propagating them from seed. I fell in love with this plant because it didn't mind the drought last summer. Hopefully I can propagate a few more and have them all over my yard!