Blackfoot Daisy


Scientific Name: Melampodium leucanthum

Common Name: Blackfoot Daisy
Family: Asteraceae, Sunflower Family

Duration: Perennial
Size: Up to 12 inches.
Growth Form: Subshrub, Herb/Forb; small rounded, bushy, much wider than it is tall, branching; woody stems at the base (suffrutescent).
Leaves: Green or gray-green; opposite, narrowly linear or lanceolate; covered with fine stiff hairs (strigose).
Flower Color: White and yellow, daisy-like; radiate flowers; ray flowers with 2 notches on tips, 8 to 13 ray flowers; yellow disk flowers numerous; single flower heads on tips of short, 1 to 4 inch stalks (peduncles); fruit is an achene.
Flowering Season: March to November

Comments: Comments: Blackfoot Daisy is an excellent long-blooming landscape species for a natural look in rock landscapes and other arid gardens. The flowers attract butterflies. The common name "Blackfoot" is a reference to the black color at the base of the stem and roots.