History/general species info: Also known as Lemmon’s marigold, mountain marigold, bush marigold. Member of the Aster family. Grows wild in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona and northern Mexico. It is named for John Gill Lemmon and his wife Sara, who collected the plant in southeastern Arizona in the early 1880s.
Characteristics: Perennial small shrub. Fragrant. Feathery foliage. Sprawling with masses of small yellow flowers.
Flower: yes, yellow - blooms spring and fall
Planting / Care: Grows well in clay and sandy well-drained soils. Drought tolerant, grows in thin soils and requires no fertilizer. Will actually struggle if given fertilizer. Deer resistant. Tolerates high, sustained summer heat.