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Melampodium leucanthum

Black Foot Daisy /

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Blackfoot Daisy is a tough as nails perennial with a knack for thriving in hot, difficult places. Fragrant, white flowers with sunny yellow centers bloom for an extended period and attract butterflies. They can take blistering heat and freezing temperatures with ease. As long as there is good drainage they will perform well in containers.


  • Attracts butterflies and Sphinx moths from spring to fall
  • Seeds provide food for birds and other wildlife
  • Fragrant white and yellow flowers bloom for an extended period
  • Great addition to container plantings
  • Blistering sun or freezing temperatures are no problem
  • Deer tend not to browse on this plant

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

In late winter, older plants can be cut back halfway to keep them compact. Rich soil and abundant water will likely produce many more flowers in the short-term, but may consequently shorten the lifespan. Blackfoot daisy is very drought tolerant and watering a few times a month is plenty to keep the plant blooming over a long season. Heavy, wet soils are the main enemy of blackfoot daisy.

6-12 Inches


1-2 Feet

USDA Hardiness Zone 5-10

Native Range

Found in dry rocky slopes and mesas, often on limestone from 2000 to 5000 feet. In a range from Colorado to Oklahoma down to Arizona, Texas and Mexico.

Native Trivia

Sphinx moths, members of the Sphingidae family are important pollinators. Most are nocturnal, though some, like the hummingbird moths feed on nectar during the day. They are easy to spot on many desert natives especially after it rains.

"These desert darlings provide nectar for us butterflies and native bees and seed for our bird friends!"

Good Companions
Sundrops (Calylophus hartwegii)

Characteristics & Attributes

Plan Sub Group
  • Low Perennials
  • Filtered Shade
  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
  • Sun
  • Saline or alkaline
  • Well-drained
Soil Moisture Preference
  • Average
  • Dry
  • Moist but well-drained
Attracts Wildlife
  • Beneficial insects
  • Butterflies
  • Hummingbirds
  • Mammals
  • Songbirds
Bloom Time
  • Late Spring / Early Summer
  • Late Summer
  • Summer
Critter Resistance
  • Deer Resistant
Habitat Collection
  • Butterfly
  • Songbird
Native Habitat
  • Desert
Foliage Color
  • Dark Green
  • Accent
  • Border
  • Container
  • Drought tolerant
  • Edging
  • Ground cover
  • Mass plant
  • Rock garden
Native to
  • Arizona
  • Colorado
  • Kansas
  • New Mexico
  • Oklahoma
  • Texas