Black Foot Daisy
Details10-12" tall x 12-20" wide. One of our favorite dryland native wildflowers, Melampodium leucanthum (Black Foot Daisy) is superbly adapted to life in arid lands. With decent rains, it will flower almost all summer, covering itself with 1" wide, white petal, yellow centered daisies on tidy, mounding plants. This is NOT a plant for beginners or drip systems (too much water). Black Foot Daisy prefers sandy soils and gravel mulch; don't plant it in clay. We grow our own seed to insure vigorous, garden-adapted plants. Low fertility, well-drained soil. Plant with Penstemon.
82609 (Plant - 5" deep pot) - Out of stock.
HBLAB21 (Plant - 2.5" deep pot)
|Common Name||Black Foot Daisy|
|Botanical Name||Melampodium leucanthum|
|Zones||5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10|
|Light Requirements||Full Sun|
|Mature Height||10-12" tall|
|Mature Spread||12-20" wide|
|Ships As||Potted Plant|
|Planting Time||Spring / Summer, Fall|
|Soil Type||Low Fertility Soil, Well-Drained Soil|
|Soil Moisture||Drought Resistant / Waterwise|
|Amount of Rain||10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)|
|Advantages||Deer Resistant, Attract Butterflies, Attract Birds, Bee Friendly, Rabbit Resistant, Fragrant Flower / Foliage, Native, Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks), Evergreen, Good Rockgarden or alpine plant, Multiplies / Naturalizes|
|Special Groups||High Country Gardens Introduction|
|Ideal Region||Western Only, Southwest, West|
|Neonicotinoid-Free||Yes - Learn More|
|Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada||No|
- Plant in a fast draining, infertile soil with full sun. Avoid clay soils. Mulch with gravel or not at all.
- Water regularly the first growing season to establish the plant. Thereafter, infrequent but deep watering is all this plant needs.
- Deadheading is not needed as this is a naturally ever-blooming species.
- Fertilize lightly in the fall with Yum Yum Mix. Special comments
- Melampodium is a tap rooted plant and does not like to be transplanted once established.
- Leave standing over the winter and cut back hard in early to mid-spring, leaving 2 to 3 inches of stems above ground.
- These are short lived perennials that should be encouraged to re-seed. When happy, they form showy colonies of tidy white flowered plants.
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I added lots of sand to the somewhat clay-based soil at the site. Because the site is at the foot of a 6-foot north-to-south fence getting PM sun, I watered the site every non-rainy or non- snowy day, I think, since I planted the black-footed daisy. The site did not become excessively damp. In spite of his, The plant perished
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I've ordered this plant twice from HCG. The first season I ordered I received healthy plants which were covered in numerous, small blossoms. The next season I received tiny plants and only one survived and had fewer flowers that were larger in size that the ones from the previous season. I did contact HCG and receive a credit. It's a lovely flowering plant that should have the listed advantage of extended bloom time.
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This plant is incredibly tough. It likes it hot and dry and keeps on blooming.
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USDA Hardiness Planting Zones
To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.
- If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
- If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).
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