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Blackfoot Daisy

Melampodium leucanthum

Details & Attributes

Plant Type(s) Perennial
Native to Arizona Yes!
Water Needs Low
Sun Full sun
Pollinators Butterflies, bees
Has Spines No
In relative feet, width by height
1' × 3'
Flowering Season March-October
Flower Color White/yellow
Minimum Temperature Range -20 °F
Leaf Description Opposite, oblong, with a noticeable midrib
Fruit Small and ridged. minute black, boot-like husk is the source of the common name
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Elevation Range 2000-5000 ft.
Description Found throughout the mountain ranges which run northwest to southeast across Arizona, especially on rocky, limestone soils. This is one of the best candidates for a native flower garden due to its long bloom season, tolerance of drought and cold, and dense mounding habit. Plants can also be utilized in rock gardens or containers where they will drape luxuriously. Well drained soils are a must, and in low elevation gardens reliable summer watering will be needed to maintain vigor. Plants tend to last about 5 years before losing steam. Plant with other perennial wildflowers such as penstemons (Penstemon spp.), Goodding's verbena (Glandularia gooddingii), dogweed (thymophylla pentacheata), and salvias (Salvia spp.).