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Black foot Daisy Plant Care Guide

Plant to Ponder: Blackfoot Daisy

Melampodium leucanthum, called the Blackfoot Daisy, is the perfect perennial “daisy” flower for the low-water Desert Garden. This Southwest native is a fast grower, providing a steady mass of bright white flowers nearly year-round, and forming a low mound 6 to 12 inches high and eventually two feet wide. M. leucanthum thrives in high heat and low water, and takes full sun or lightly filtered shade. It does require well-drained soil and won’t tolerate standing water.

Blackfoot Daisy can be a real Ugly Duckling in the nursery, but don’t let its scraggly appearance fool you: once it gets going in your landscape it will form a small floral blanket in tough conditions. If it finds a place it likes, it will reseed at a moderate rate.

“Blackfoot” refers to tiny foot-shaped bracts on the ray flowers, which turn black as the flower ages, and which give the flower its nearly identical botanical and common names. Melampodium comes from the Greek melas, meaning “black,” and pod, meaning “foot.” Leucanthum is derived from the Greek leucos, meaning “white,” and anthos, meaning “flower.” Blackfooted white flower! Close enough — one of them just happens to be Greek

Use Blackfoot Daisy as a fine-textured ground cover flower, as a soft edging for agave and columnar cactus, and at the edges of native wildflower plantings, where it can keep the floral display going all Summer long. It has a very light, very sweet scent, which you may not notice unless you plant a lot of them or get down on all fours and really stick your face in it.


See Also ….

Blackfoot Daisy

Melampodium leucanthum Torr. & Gray Blackfoot Daisy, Rock daisy, Plains blackfoot




2 responses

  1. It certainly looks like a groundcover that Serendipity Farm could use. If I can establish clumps of them all over the place, maybe they would be able to bypass the chook wrecking gang (either that…or I just turn the chooks into a freezer full of chicken dinners for Steve 😉 )

    July 14, 2013 at 10:42 pm

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