|The Desert Marigold is a member of
the sunflower family. The plant is
annual herb and grows to a height of about 2 feet and has grayish, fuzzy
leaves to 3 inches in length. The marigold grows in disturbed
areas near roadsides and on rocky slopes and sandy, gravelly areas below
5000 feet in elevation.
On overgrazed land, sheep and
goats are frequently poisoned by feeding on the Desert Marigold.
The plant blooms between March and October and
produces a bright yellow, daisy-like flower to 2 inches in diameter. As
the flower ages, the petals may become bleached and take on the texture
of tissue paper.