Blackfoot Daisy

Melampodium leucanthum

SKU
05853
A rugged, heat and drought tolerant native - a superb choice for low-water wildflower gardens and arid xeric gardens. White, yellow-centered, honey-scented daisies cover the mound of grey-green foliage throughout an extensive bloom period, given moderate summer moisture. An herbaceous perennial.
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Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.

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Botanical Pronunciationmel-am-POH-dee-um lew-KAN-thum
Average Size at MaturitySlow growing; reaches 12 to 18 in. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeEarly Spring to Fall
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Flower AttributeFragrant, Long Bloom Season, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorGray-green
Garden StyleCottage, Rustic
Growth RateSlow
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Mass Planting, Rock Garden, Edging
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsFlower & Rose Food
Special FeatureEasy Care, North American Native Selection, Tolerates Poor Soils, Waterwise, Heat Loving
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
Companion PlantsFeather Reed Grass (Calamagrostis); Blanket Flower (Gaillardia); Penstemon (Penstemon); Austrian Pine (Pinus nigra); Gaura (Gaura)

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.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 5-11

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