dainty yet tough

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blackfoot daisy
melampodium leucanthum
Asteraceae

  • 1' tall, spreading to about 2'

  • PERENNIAL wildflower 

  • regular to moderate water (bottom to terrace zones)

  • FULL SUN

  • HARDY TO ABOUT -20º F

  • used by nectar-loving insects like butterflies and bees, and seeds eaten by birds.

Blackfoot daisy (Melampodium leucanthem) may look precious and sweet, but this Sonoran Desert native can tolerate the desert heat, as well as temperatures as low as -20º F. Each clump can spread to about 2 feet wide, not reaching much more than a foot tall. It's a good choice for borders and looks fantastic mixed with penstemons and salvias. Stems are a tad brittle, so keep plants away from high foot traffic zones. 

Blackfoot daisy can tolerate full sun, moderate to low water, and like well-drained soil. They don't like sitting in puddles, so be careful not to overwater. 

Nectar loving insects like bees and butterflies love the flowers, and seed-eating birds eat the seeds. 

The name blackfoot daisy is derived from the Greek words μέλας (melas), meaning "black", and πόδιον (podion), meaning "foot." This refers to the color of the base of the stem and roots. 

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Katherine Gierlach