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Melampodium paludosum

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Melampodium (mel-am-POH-dee-um) (Info)
Species: paludosum (pal-oo-DOH-sum) (Info)

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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season
This plant is resistant to deer

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive johnst2 On Jul 19, 2011, johnst2 from Oklahoma City, OK wrote:

I bought some of this plant and they grew huge. I went back to the same place the next year and bought more. They stayed small and died. I was very glad when they started coming up volunteer from the year before. Luckily I took a chance and didn't extract them as weeds. They are growing just as large and tall as the ones I had last year. I will save seeds this year and have more next year. They are very heat tolerant in my West facing flowerbed. Very colorful and showy.

Positive petalpushergirl On Mar 15, 2010, petalpushergirl from Bellefontaine, OH wrote:

I have allowed this plant to re-seed in my sun gardens for several years now and I always look forward to seeing it emerge. It is easy to transplant and it looks wonderful at the front of my borders with Victoria Blue salvia behind it.

Positive Mollmoll On Jul 6, 2009, Mollmoll from La Vista, NE wrote:

Have been growing this for several years. It does not reseed itself in Nebraska; need to start a new plant each year. Will try to save some seeds & try to start in spring since several of you have luck with it reseeding. Does not get tall, but spreads nicely. It adds a nice color all summer. Love it!

Positive Lady_fern On Oct 15, 2006, Lady_fern from Jeffersonville, IN (Zone 6a) wrote:

Very drought tolerant; they thrived while an azalea died! I am digging out all my black-eyed susans and replacing them with these annuals. They bloom July through frost.

They do best in 100% full sun. If shaded at all, they are much smaller and not nearly as robust.

Positive kqcrna On Aug 14, 2006, kqcrna from Cincinnati, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

I think melampodium is one of the most underused annuals. They bloom all summer in full or part sun, always look fresh and require no deadheading, and are quite drought tolerant. They do reseed here; this is only my 2nd year with this plant and I have quite a few volunteers. Seedlings are easy to remove or transplant. Seeds are pretty obvious and easy to harvest for next year. I am collecting and hoarding seeds as I never want to be without these beautiful flowers


Positive nipajo On Jul 9, 2003, nipajo from Dallas, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

very invasive it all over my yard. never stops blooming. grows quite tall in the right location. zone 8

Positive Oscarsdotter On Aug 19, 2002, Oscarsdotter from Mason, MI wrote:

These are the sweetest little flowers!
Mine have grown to approx. 15-20" tall,
and have been in bloom (constantly!) since Spring.
A wonderful little annual here in Zone 5.

Positive smiln32 On Aug 10, 2002, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Re-seeds easily and looks great. Always seems to be blooming. Grows well in many zones, too.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Auburn, Alabama
Birmingham, Alabama
Clinton, Alabama
Huntsville, Alabama
Toney, Alabama
Clovis, California
Apopka, Florida
Clearwater, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Gainesville, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Pensacola, Florida
Sarasota, Florida
Wellborn, Florida
Williston, Florida
Ellijay, Georgia
Jeffersonville, Indiana
Madison, Indiana
Lansing, Kansas
Barbourville, Kentucky
Symsonia, Kentucky
Covington, Louisiana
Zachary, Louisiana
Linthicum Heights, Maryland
Worcester, Massachusetts
La Vista, Nebraska
Omaha, Nebraska
Port Norris, New Jersey
Monroe, New York
Ronkonkoma, New York
Cincinnati, Ohio
Findlay, Ohio
West Liberty, Ohio
Anderson, South Carolina
Columbia, South Carolina
Orangeburg, South Carolina
Swansea, South Carolina
Austin, Texas
Dallas, Texas (2 reports)
Katy, Texas
Port Lavaca, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Danville, Virginia
Vienna, Virginia
Liberty, West Virginia

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