Southwest Plant of the Month – Blackfoot daisy

Sep 7, 2018 | Plant of the Month

Blackfoot daisy: Melampodium leucanthum
Plant Form: Flower
Plant Size: 1′ x 1′
Plant Type: Perennial
Water Usage: Low
Sunlight: Sun
Colors: White

Physical Description: Perky white, daisy-like flowers on a tidy, compact mass of dark green, linear leaves. 3/4″ Flowers may obscure foliage.

Care and Maintenance: Overwatering. Must have good drainage to avoid root rot.

Gardener’s notes: Long blooming, April to October, with occasional irrigation. Heat loving. Native to El Paso. Grow seed in place as deep taproot makes transplanting difficult.

Southwest Plant of the Month material courtesy of NMSU ACES