When you walk down the rows of herbs at Maas Nursery in the late summer or early fall you will see a beautiful fragrant plant full of small daisy like yellow blooms. This nursery favorite is a Copper Canyon Daisy. Copper Canyon Daisy (Tagetes lemmonii ), a relative of the marigold is native to the Sonoran dessert and northern Mexico. It has very fragrant lacy bright green leaves and covers itself with marigold like blossoms in spring and late summer through fall.
Copper Canyon Daisy, also known as Mountain marigold or Mt. Lemmon marigold is grown in Texas like a native plant. It is great for butterflies and bees and its unique smell deters deer. After the plant is established it is very drought tolerant. This small shrub likes sandy, or loose well drained soil and lots of sun. Copper Canyon daisy grows well and looks good in herb gardens, wildlife gardens or any informal garden. Give this Daisy room for its sprawling habit of up to 4 ft. high and 4 to 6 ft. wide. Pruning should be done only immediately after the fall bloom so as not to cut off new blooms for next year. Plants can be divided in early spring.
Grow Copper Canyon daisy for its delicate foliage and bright flowers.It is a very tough, forgiving plant and it will reward you with its bright yellow blossoms when your spring and summer plants are done and your garden needs some color. I have mine planted with the lavender blooms of Russian Sage. The colors are so pretty together it makes me happy just to look at it. Try this daisy in your garden. The bees, butterflies and you will be very happy.
Zone- 8 to 11
Perennial – light green compound leaves.
Height – 3 to 4 ft. high and 4 to 6 ft. wide
Exposure – Full some. Will tolerate some afternoon shade
Bloom – Spring to late summer to fall. Dormant in winter.
Water – Once established drought tolerant. Needs well drained soil. No wet roots