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Melampodium leucanthum

Categories:
Perennials, Wildflowers
Comment:

An low rounded long-blooming perennial wildflower in the Asteraceae family, blackfoot daisy is a sturdy, mounding plant, that will flourish in rock gardens. It is heat and drought tolerant. In late winter, older plants can be cut back halfway to keep them compact. At first glance, Blackfoot Daisy appears to be the twin of White Zinnia (Zinnia acerosa), but flower heads of the latter species have 4-7 broad white rays and a narrow base of several overlapping scales.  It is a low water use plant.

Season of Interest:

    Bloom:  Spring-Fall, March-November

Wildlife Value: Flowers provide nectar for bees, butterflies and other insects.  Seeds are relished by birds.  This plant is resistant to damage by deer.

Season:
Spring through fall
Height:
6-12 inches
Flower Color:
White rays, yellow disk
Flower:
White, daisy-like flowers. The white daisy-like flowers with toothed at the tips rays and surrounded by yellow-orange disk flowers. These honey-scented flower heads are solitary and terminal on slender stalks.
Site:
Good drainage is essential to its success. Rich soil and abundant water will increase flowering in the short-term, but may shorten the lifespan of the plant.
Exposure:
Sun to partial shade
Regions:
AZ , CO , KS , NM , OK , TX
Origin:
CO, OK, AZ, TX and Mexico
Tags:
heat tolerant, cpp, rock garden, low water, showy blooms, fragrant flowers, drought tolerant, mounding, bees, birds, nectar, fragrant, deer resistant, food, butterflies, wildlife

NCCES plant id: 3275

Melampodium leucanthum Melampodium leucanthum
Melampodium leucanthum Melampodium leucanthum
Krzysztof Ziarnek, CC BY-SA - 4.0