A compact mounding, evergreen Texas native with fragrant, white, daisy-like blooms that attract pollinators like bees and butterflies.
Light requirement: Full sun, partial sun
Water use: Low
Soil moisture: Dry
Type of soil: Well-draining; sandy, rocky/gravelly
Family: Asteraceae (as-ter-AY-see-ee)
Genus: Melampodium (mel-am-POH-dee-um)
Species: leucanthum (loo-KAN-thum)
Size: Up to 1′ tall, 1-3′ wide
Care and Maintenance
In North Texas, Blackfoot Daisy will bloom most of the year.
Keep your plant tidy, and covered with blooms by cutting it back by several inches — overall — every few months from March through September. (So, 4 or 5 times at least, through the warmest months).
If we have a warm winter, too, your plant may need to be cut back once or twice during the months from October through February. Watch the weather forecast, though. Do not prune your Blackfoot Daisy before predicted extreme cold weather, ice, freezing rain, or snow.
Once it is established in your landscape, BE VERY CAREFUL NOT TO OVER WATER THIS PLANT. It does NOT like to be watered every day. It is a drought-tolerant, true Texas native, and does not need to be watered except if we have extreme drought conditions.
THIS PLANT WILL NOT DO WELL IN A LOCATION THAT IS WATERED WITH A SPRINKLER OR DRIP SYSTEM ON A DAILY BASIS.