Melampodium Plant – How to Grow & Care Annual Melampodium?

I was looking to add more yellow color to my garden when I discovered the Melampodium plant, which blooms with beautiful flowers. What made me fall for them was its pretty shade of golden petals. Isn’t it amazing?

Are you interested in learning how to grow Melampodium plants in your garden? Of course, you are! For that, you have to read the guide properly to add this beautiful variety to your garden.

In this guide, I’ve shared everything you need to know about growing Melampodium plants, along with some important care tips. If you encounter any problems while growing them, don’t hesitate to ask me in the comment section below.

Key takeaways:

  • Growers tend to plant these beautiful plants so that they can last up to the first frost of the season.
  • It is an annual that tends to give yellow, orangish-yellow, and orange shades of flowers which makes the garden attractive.
  • They have amazing green vegetation that suits best with its pretty yellow flowers.
  • These plants can be found in Central America, California, Mexico, the United States, and many more.
  • They tend to bloom till then.

It has a center that is a dark golden color. You can even plant these flowers in a container or pot with other companions like sun-loving annuals. Don’t you want to grow pretty flowers in your garden? Of course yes, for that you have to read the guide properly to add this beautiful variety to your garden. 

Common NameMelampodium, butter daisy, black foot daisy
Botanical NameMelampodium spp.
Plant TypeAnnual
Mature Size6-24 in tall, 8-18 in. wide (varies by cultivar)
Sun ExposureFull
Soil TypeDry to medium moisture, well-drained
Soil pHSlightly acidic to slightly alkaline
Bloom TimeLate spring to fall
Flower ColorWhite, yellow/gold
Hardiness Zones2 to 11 (true annual)
Native AreaCentral America, South America, southern North America

What is a Melampodium Plant?

The term Melampodium has been derived from the Greek words, melas which means black, and podium means foot. This plant is a part of the Asteraceae family. The plant is also known as a butter daisy. It is a perennial that develops white, daisy-like flowers that can last up to the fall. This plant is a radiant annual flower that surprises its growers with its unique flowers and blossoms. 

Though these plants are perennials they tend to grow as annuals. It can be an amazing addition to your garden to make it classy and eye-catchy. These plants are fond of heat and humid climates. You can use the flowers in your creative way or you can use them in making border areas, and containers in the garden. You can plant them well with their other sun-loving companion to add contrast to it.

“Trees are like friends, they grow strong with time.”

Few varieties of Melampodium

  • ‘Lemon Delight’ Melampodium
  • ‘Lemon Delight’ Melampodium
  • ‘Showstar’ Melampodium
  • Butter Daisy
  • Blackfoot Daisy
  • Casino Light Yellow

How to grow a Melampodium Plant?

Folks, are you in search of the growing process of the Melampodium plant? Then you are at the right place as you will come to know the whole process if you follow the below steps: 

Step 1- You have to sow the seeds indoors for at least 6-8 weeks before the last frost.

Step 2- Then, replant the seeds in the container on the ground where you need to plant your daisies. 

Step 3- Give them proper water and the flowers will be ready to bloom keeping them at the temperature of 60 degrees Fahrenheit. 

This is how you are done and it is so simple. You can try this and make sure to follow the below-mentioned caring tips for the proper growth of the plant.

How can you care for the Melampodium Plants? 

Let’s know about the caring tips for the Melampodium plants: 

1. Sunlight requirements

These plants require full sun for their proper growth so you can make a rock garden with full sun for them. The more flowers will receive sunlight the more they will bloom.

When these plants get fully mature (few varieties), it starts dropping down. By planting them in the proper sunlight they will be protected.

2. Soil requirements 

You have to provide them with well-drained soil so that they can fully thrive, additionally, these can bear the low-nutrient soils too. 

3. Water requirements 

These plants can grow with less water but for their proper growth, you have to water them regularly.

When you water the plants, first check if the soil is dry or not. 

4. Fertilizer requirements 

You can put any general liquid fertilizer in your soil so that the plant can bloom all day long. 

5. Maintenance

These plants do demand high maintenance. These plants can drop in the summertime though they can bear the heat. So, no need to trim them. 

Common Problems With Melampodium:

The common problem that Melampodium can suffer is from its tendency to get leggy and flop over which may be because of shady conditions when stalks push them upward to get sunlight. The flopping of the plant can also be in hot sunny locations in which the soil becomes too dry to support the stalks of the plant. So to get over this problem we need to provide support from the trellis. 

Common Pests & Plant Diseases:

The Melampodium plants are not so attracted by any pest and plant disease but sometimes they can suffer from powdery mildew during hot, humid climates. To protect them from these pests we need to provide them plenty of space to improve the air circulation for preventing any growth of fungal diseases. 

Melampodium Companion Plants:

The following are some companion plants that you can with Melampodium such as


They come under the tough plant category that can produce bold-color, daisy-like flowers 

In poor soil or drought conditions. These are perennial plants that fall under the hardiness zone from 9 to 11. These plants can grow in the hottest part of the country. They do bloom with dark green or silver color leaves. These plants are best grown in beds, borders, and containers. Make sure not to fertilize the plants or keep the soil dry. 

French Marigolds:

These French marigolds are fancy plants that are frilly and boast a distinctive crested eye. These are the plants that are used to grow from 8-12 inches high. They can grow best in full sun having moist, well-draining soil. The flowers are used to bloom during the summer season. 


The salvia plants can attract pollinators such as hummingbirds. They are best grown in hot, dry sites to pick and grow tons of color all season. Some plants dont like growing in cool weather so planting them outdoors during frost will be dangerous to them.

Covering up the context 

In this article, you come to know about the Melampodium plant which is also known as butter daisies. It is a perennial that develops white, daisy-like flowers that can last up to the fall. This plant is a radiant annual flower that surprises its growers with its unique flowers and blossoms. I hope this article will be useful for you all. 


1. Does the Melampodium plant need full sun?

Yes, these plants need full sun for their growth. The more flowers will receive sunlight the more they will bloom. When these plants get fully mature (few varieties), it starts dropping down. By planting annuals in the proper sunlight they will be protected.

2. Is Melampodium drought-tolerant?

Yes, they are drought-tolerant like the other sun-loving perennials. You can grow them in any kind of soil as the flowers are away from the pet’s issues.

3. What month do daisies bloom?

The daisies tend to bloom in the late spring and the early fall. 

4. Why does the daisy plant die?

Your daisy can die due to less water intake. They require rainfall in a week in the summertime, if it doesn’t happen and you are also not given plenty of water. They will start dying. 

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