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Blackfoot Daisy

Melampodium leucanthum

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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Full sun

Once established, water if very dry.


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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, Edging
Light NeedsFull sun
Special FeatureEasy Care, North American Native Selection, Waterwise
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established, water if very dry.
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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