Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Copper Canyon Daisies (Tagetes lemmonii)

A few nights ago we had a freeze warning.  Today, temps in the 80's.  Texas Hill Country weather...
My Copper Canyon Daisies (Tagetes lemmonii) don't care.

Native to Mexico and Arizona, the plants can take drought and alkaline soil too--even my thin-clay-over limestone. 

More good news, these tough, aster-family perennials grow well in zones 8a-11, with full sun and good drainage.  Over time, the plants sprawl, reportedly up to 6 feet high, but mine have never gone beyond 3-4 feet tall and wide.  Some winters they die back to the ground, and we prune back.  In mild winters my bushes have been evergreenish and I give a modest spring prune.

The dark green, ferny foliage smells like citrus or licorice or mint, depending on who's doing the smelling.  Deer don't like any of those smells, so the grazers take a pass.

Copper Canyon Daisies light up my wild space October - November when other flowers are spent, laying a banquet for  butterflies and bees.  And I love looking out to a thousand flowery suns.

Hope the views out your front windows are happy this Thanksgiving week. 

Copyright 2009-2010 Kathleen Scott, for Hill Country Mysteries. Unauthorized reproduction is prohibited.


  1. I have a huge bush of these in my back yard. Started out as a tiny pot from the grocery store and now stands over six feet tall. It's been moved about three or four times and still blooms like crazy. I am mixed on the smell -- sometimes it's a tad overpowering, especially when it gets on your skin. But if you walk by it's divine.

  2. Always happy to learn of new deer-resistant flowering plants. And these are beauties. I want "a thousand flowery suns" out my windows, too.

  3. Daisies are one of my favourite flowers and yours are so beautiful, such bright, sunny yellow faces to look upon and I would love that foliage if it had a citrus fragrance!

    xoxoxo ♡

  4. I know they will not grow in my yard- not enough sun.
    Enjoy them for me, okay?

  5. Great performance by your CCDs. Mine were wonderful last year but a little puny this year--some blooms, but not a profusion.

  6. Thank you for sharing you great view! I have very few blooms right now, so yours have cheered me up. Now back to chopping onions...

  7. Beautiful! It's so nice to see something so vibrant and cheerful at this time of year. . . well, aside from leaves, that is!

  8. Hi Kathleen,
    I hope you have a wonderful and enjoyable Thanksgiving!
    These daisies are winners if they are still providing color for you! I would like to smell them.

  9. Oh how beautiful those wild daisies are, which will just be under frost in a little while, what a pity. I hope they already finish their business.

  10. I'll be basking in your colour now as we head into the winter months here.

    a thousand flowery suns. love.

    Hope your Thanksgiving week is wonder filled Kathleen.

  11. Beautiful! The views outside my window this week in Michigan are a little bleak -- leaves down from the trees and the plants hunkered down for the winter. But a warm time with family inside, just the same!


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