• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Slow growing; reaches 12 to 18 in. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Long Bloom Season
    Blooms:
    Early Spring to Fall
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:mel-am-POH-dee-um lew-KAN-thum
    Plant type:Perennial
    Deciduous/evergreen:Herbaceous
    Growth rate:Slow
    Average landscape size:Slow growing; reaches 12 to 18 in. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Gray-green
    Blooms:Early Spring to Fall
    Flower color:White
    Garden styleCottage, Rustic
    Companion PlantsFeather Reed Grass (Calamagrostis); Blanket Flower (Gaillardia); Penstemon (Penstemon); Austrian Pine (Pinus nigra); Gaura (Gaura)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Thrives in lean, sandy, well-drained soil; benefits from a gravel mulch. Water regularly in first growing season to establish root system. Once established, reduce frequency; blooms best with periodic water but tolerates drought. Avoid excess winter moisture. Fertilizer in early spring. Lightly prune spent flowers to encourage prolific bloom.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.