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Melampodium, an annual with tiny daisy-like flowers, graces any garden with bountiful golden color. Blooming nonstop from spring through frost, this plant can be used in containers for mounds of color that work well with other sun-loving annuals.
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Melampodium is known for its constant display of blossoms. This little miniature sunflower has golden petals with a dark gold center. A few others species have cream and white petals and yellow centers. Melampodium begins blooming in late May and continues blooming all the way until frost. The flowers are held atop small medium-green leaves with dark, almost black lower stems, which is where the common name of black foot comes from.
'Jackpot Gold' Melampodium
Melampodium 'Jackpot Gold' has a large flowering, vigorous form with 1-inch-wide golden blooms. Annual.
Melampodium Care Must-Knows
Easy to grow in a variety of conditions, melampodium grows well in containers and the ground. As this plant is native to areas with rocky soil, it requires well-drained soil to thrive. Melampodium is drought-resistant and heat-tolerant. It grows best with regular watering and drying out slightly between waterings. To keep it blooming all season long, add a slow-release fertilizer or a general purpose liquid fertilizer according to the label.
For sun requirements, melampodium grows best in full sun. This encourages the most flowers and helps to keep the plant compact. As many varieties of melampodium get older, they tend to become quite leggy and may flop open, ruining the overall appeal of the plant. Planting it in full sun prevents this from happening. You can also give it a good pinchback early on in the growth or shear it back if it begins to flop open. Full sun is also a good way to prevent melampodium from getting powdery mildew.
Typically you do not have to worry about removing spent blooms as melampodium quickly grows past its old blossoms. If you don't want it dropping seeds around the garden, deadheading is the best way to prevent inadvertent spreading.
More Varieties of Melampodium
Melampodium 'Showstar' is a low growing, spreading variety with an abundance of golden flowers. Annual.