|Blackfoot Daisy, Melampodium leucanthum.|
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A delightful, low-growing, small, perennial, which forms a tidy bouquet of white flowers! It's a native of Arizona that blooms from March to November, and it qualifies as a low water use plant.
Be careful in Phoenix gardens. The worse thing you can do is to plant Blackfoot Daisy in heavy clay soils, where it will drown. But if you have a well-drained bed, or live on rock, it's a perfect, no hassle addition.
The white flowers are wonderful in the night when you're outside enjoying the garden. It will endure full sun or part shade, and gets about 6-18" tall. Group several for a more spectacular look. Looks fabulous next to rocks.
They need moderate water in the summer. A small amount of water in the winter. Try not to overwater.
Height: Up to 1 1/2 feet tall. Spreads up to 2 feet wide.
Flowers: 1 1/2" flower heads of 8 - 10 broad white rays surrounding a small yellow central disk. The honey-scented flower heads are solitary and terminal on slender stalks.
Flowering Time: Late March - November. Best, June - October.
Leaves: Leaves are grayish green, opposite and narrowly linear to lanceolate. About 1-2 inches long.
Found: Native to the USA (AZ, CO, KS, NM, OK, TX). Also found in northern Sonora, Chihuahua, & Coahuila in Mexico. In Arizona, reported to be found in all counties except Yuma, & Santa Cruz.
Soil pH requirements:
Elevation: 800 - 5,000 Feet.
Habitat: Desert soil, rock, does well in loose soil on slopes. Avoid clay soil.
Miscellaneous: Excellent Xeriscape Landscaping Plant. Flowering Photos Taken June 26, 2006. Glendale, Arizona Xeriscape Demonstration Garden.
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