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Melampodium leucanthum (Blackfoot Daisy)

Blackfoot Daisy, Rock Daisy, Plains Blackfoot, Arnica

Melampodium leucanthum,Blackfoot Daisy, Rock Daisy, Plains Blackfoot, Arnica, White Flowers, White Daisy
Melampodium leucanthum,Blackfoot Daisy, Rock Daisy, Plains Blackfoot, Arnica, White Flowers, White Daisy

Noted for its long blooming season, Melampodium leucanthum (Blackfoot Daisy) is a sturdy perennial forming a low, bushy mound covered with narrow gray-green leaves and honey-scented, white daisies, 1 in. across (2.5 cm). Resembling White Zinnia (Zinnia acerosa), the flower heads feature 8-13 broad white rays, with distinctive notches at their tips, surrounding a small yellow central disk. Borne singly at the top of slender stems, they bloom from early spring to fall, providing months of color. Tough, heat and drought tolerant, Blackfoot Daisy is ideal for sunny rock gardens, borders, containers and is a perfect species for xeric gardens.

  • Grows up to 6-12 in. tall (15-30 cm) and 12-24 in. wide (30-60 cm). Blackfoot Daisy may be short-lived, but self-sows, keeping its presence in the garden.
  • Thrives in full sun or part shade in rocky, gravelly sandy, acidic, dry, well-drained soils. Good soil drainage is critical. Rich soil and abundant water may shorten its lifespan.
  • Excellent choice for beds and borders, rock gardens or prairies and meadows.
  • Robust, low maintenance, pest and disease free, Blackfoot Daisy is also drought tolerant and deer resistant.
  • In late winter, cut back to keep the plant compact.
  • Native from Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Mexico.

Requirements

Hardiness 6 - 10
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 10, 11, 12, 13
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Compositae
Common names Arnica, Blackfoot Daisy
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 6" - 1'
(15cm - 30cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 12" - 24"
(30cm - 60cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Chalk, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy
Native Plants United States, Rocky Mountains, Southwest, Midwest, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow, Informal and Cottage, Gravel and Rock Garden
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Requirements

Hardiness 6 - 10
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 10, 11, 12, 13
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Compositae
Common names Arnica, Blackfoot Daisy
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 6" - 1'
(15cm - 30cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 12" - 24"
(30cm - 60cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Chalk, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy
Native Plants United States, Rocky Mountains, Southwest, Midwest, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow, Informal and Cottage, Gravel and Rock Garden
How Many Plants
Do I Need?

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