MELAMPODIUM

FAMILY: Asteraceae

TYPE
  • Annuals
  • Perennials
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Full Sun
WATER
  • Moderate Water

Plant Details

These tough, drought-tolerant plants produce masses of small daisies over a long period. Provide well-drained soil.

hoary blackfoot

melampodium cinereum

  • Perennial.
  • Zones LS, CS; USDA 8-9.
  • Native to limestone soils of Arkansas, Colorado, and Texas.
  • To 412 inches tall and wide.
  • Similar to Melampodium leucanthum but not as hardy; blooms from spring.

star daisy, butter daisy

melampodium divaricatum

  • Annual.
  • Zones US, MS, LS, CS, TS; USDA 6-11.
  • From Portugal and Spain.
  • To 13 feet tall and half as wide, with narrow, dark green leaves and deep yellow daisies throughout summer and into fall (no deadheading required).
  • Start seeds indoors for earliest bloom; or sow in ground after soil has warmed.
  • Plants will also self-sow.
  • 'Medal- lion' grows to 3 feet tall and often becomes leggy by midsummer.
  • Melanie and 'Million Gold' are a lower-growing selection (1 feet high) that blooms prolifically.
  • Dense-growing 'Showstar' is also more compact than the species (to 112 -2 feet tall), with showier blooms; 'Derby' is similar, but it's a little shorter and more compact still.
  • Casino Light Yellow averages 12 inches tall and is a compact, heavy bloomer both in ground and in containers, but it can split in late summer.
  • Lemon Delight is less vigorous and more compact than 'Casino Light Yellow' with bright yellow flowers.
  • All tolerate heat and humidity, perform well in full sun or light shade.
  • Perfect for the front of a border or container.

blackfoot daisy

melampodium leucanthum

  • Perennial.
  • Zones US, MS, LS, CS, TS; USDA 6-11.
  • From Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Mexico.
  • Wiry stems set with narrow, gray leaves form a clump to 1 feet tall and wide.
  • In spring, summer, and (in mild climates) sporadically in winter, the foliage clump is topped by clouds of inch-wide, honey-scented white daisies with yellow centers.
  • Deer resistant.

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