Melampodium leucanthum

Black Foot Daisy

 

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10-12" tall x 12-20" wide. 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. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).

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Zones 5 - 10
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Butterflies
Attract Butterflies
Attract Birds
Bee Friendly
Bee Friendly
Rabbit Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Fragrant Flower / Foliage
Native
Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks)
Evergreen
Evergreen
Good Rockgarden or alpine plant
Multiplies / Naturalizes
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
1020
10 to 20"
2030
20 to 30"
3040
30 to 40" (with care)
Ideal Region
Only in Western US
Bloom Time Summer
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SKU HBLAB21

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10-12" 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.
Associated SKUs
HBLABXX
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
Bloom Time Summer
Ships As Potted Plant
Native Yes
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

Planting Guides

Melampodium leucanthum (Black Foot Daisy) - a genus of wildflowers native primarily to North America with a few species originating in Columbia and Brazil. M. leucanthum is an ever-blooming wildflower native to the Southwestern U.S.

Preferred growing conditions
  • 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.

  • View more Planting Guides, or download our complete Planting Guide for tips on caring for your plants when you receive your order, as well as planting instructions for Perennials, Spring-Planted Bulbs, Fall-Planted Bulbs, Cacti & Succulents, Xeric Plants and more.

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Plant Shipping: Buy now and we will ship your order at the ideal planting time for your region. Expected ship week will display on the cart at checkout after you enter your zip code. Spring-Planted Perennial and Bulb orders will ship from Feb 25 through mid-June, warmest zones first.

Most plant and bulb orders arrive within 2-6 days, or less, of leaving our greenhouses in Colorado. This prompt delivery is provided without additional express charges.

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My blackfooted Daisy

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Pros

  • Accurate Instructions
  • Attractive
  • Hardy

Cons

  • Difficult To Use

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  • Garden

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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  • Small In Size

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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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    Black Foot Daisy

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    • Attractive
    • Hardy
    • Healthy

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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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