Pollinator Plant of the Month – March 2018

March Plant of the month is commonly known as the Blackfoot Daisy.

Generously donated by Painted Flower Farm of Denton, as the plant raffle of the month.

Tickets are $1.00 each or six tickets for $5.00. Funds go towards our scholarship program. The plant will be raffled at our general meeting on March 13, 2018.

As a supporter of the Denton County Beekeepers Association, we encourage all of you to stop by Painted Flower Farm to purchase native and adaptive plants to our area. There are a wide variety of perennials available to support our pollinators. Plants are grown with care to minimize harmful risks to our honey bees and other pollinators alike.

To find out more about Painted Flower Farm click HERE!

Melampodium leucanthum

Blackfoot Daisy, Rock daisy, Plains Blackfoot, Arnica

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

A low, round, bushy plant with flower heads of 8-10 broad white rays surrounding a small yellow central disk. Plains Blackfoot or Blackfoot daisy is a low, bushy, mounded perennial, 6-12 in. tall and twice as wide. It is covered with narrow leaves and 1 in. wide, white, daisy-like flowers. The white rays are toothed at the tips and surround yellow disk flowers. These honey-scented flower heads are solitary and terminal on slender stalks.



Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil pH: Acidic (pH<6.8)
Soil Description: Dry, rocky, calcareous soils. Rocky, Gravelly Sandy, Limestone-based, Caliche type
Conditions Comments: Blackfoot daisy is a sturdy, mounding plant. It will flourish in rock gardens. It is heat and drought tolerant. Good drainage is essential to its success. 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.



Use Ornamental: Showy, Rock gardens, Blooms ornamental, Long-blooming
Use Wildlife: Nectar-Bees, Nectar-Butterflies, Nectar-insects, Seeds-Granivorous birds
Fragrant Flowers: yes

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