The Blackfoot daisy plant is also known as Plains Blackfoot daisy, the plant is actually a low-growing, bushy perennials with narrow, grayish green leaves and small, white, daisy-like flowers that appear from spring until the first frost. In warm climates the plants bloom throughout most of the year. Just continue reading to learn more about Blackfoot daisy plant.


Blackfoot Daisies Info

 The botanical name of Blackfoot daisy plants is Melampodium leucanthum and the plants are native to Mexico and the southwestern United States, as far north as Colorado and Kansas. The Blackfoot daisy plants are tough, drought-tolerant wildflowers that are suitable for growing in USDA plant hardiness zones four through eleven. The Blackfoot daisy plants thrive in rocky or gravelly, acidic soil, making them an ideal choice for dry environments and rock gardens. Butterflies and bees are attracted to the sweet smelling, nectar-rich flowers. The Blackfoot daisy seeds sustain songbirds during the winter.


Growing Blackfoot Daisy

Collect the Blackfoot daisy seeds from wilted plants in fall, and then plant them directly outdoors shortly thereafter. You can also take cuttings from the mature Blackfoot daisy plants. Actually a well-drained soil is an absolute necessity for Blackfoot daisy growing; the Blackfoot daisy plant is likely to develop root rot in poorly drained soil. Although Blackfoot daisy plants need plenty of sunshine, the plant will benefit from a little protection during the afternoon in hot southern climates.


 How to Care for Blackfoot Daisy

The Blackfoot daisy plant care is uninvolved and little water is actually required once the plant is established. Water only occasionally during the summer months, as too much water results in a weak, unattractive plant with a shorter lifespan. Keep in mind, however, that the Blackfoot daisy plant that is grown in containers will require more water. You can withhold water entirely during the winter months. Feed the Blackfoot daisy plants lightly in early spring using a general-purpose fertilizer. Do not overfeed; the Blackfoot daisy plant prefers poor, lean soil. You can easily trim spent flowers to encourage continued blooming throughout the season. Trimming the wilted blooms will also reduce rampant self-seeding. Also, cut older plants down by about half in late winter in other to keep the plants bushy and compact.

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