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Plant Profile: Blackfoot Daisy (Melampodium leucanthum)

Heat and drought tolerant, this native of the southern Great Plains to Arizona and northern New Mexico makes an excellent plant for rock gardens or border plant in desert gardens especially when massed. The plants are low growing and form rounded clumps with narrow gray leaves and honey-scented white daisy-like flowers with a long bloom season. Butterflies love blackfoot daisies but deer and rabbits do not. Plants thrive in lean, well-drained soil once established. Although blackfoot daisies tend to be short-lived, they readily reseed.

Type: Herbaceous perennial

Bloom: Small fragrant daisy-like white flowers 1- 1 ½” across bloom from late spring to fall.

Foliage: Grayish green, silvery leaves are opposite, and linear to lanceolat.

Size: 6-12” H x 12-36” W

Light: Sun; some shade in extreme heat

Soil: Average, dry, well–drained, acidic (less than 7 Ph)

Hardiness: Zones 7-11

Care: Cut older plants back by half to maintain compactness.

Pests and Diseases: Root rot in poorly drained soil

Propagation: Seed

Companion plants: Mealycup blue sage (Salvia farinacea), beard-tongues ( Penstemon spp), blazing star (Liatris spicata) , plains zinnia (Zinnia grandiflora), cacti.

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