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: Non-patented
Propagation Methods: From seed; sow indoors before last frost
Seed Collecting: Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
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.
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.
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!
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
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 Clinton, Alabama Lake Purdy, Alabama Moores Mill, Alabama Toney, Alabama Clovis, California Clearwater, Florida Cooper City, Florida Fruitville, Florida Gainesville, Florida Jacksonville, Florida Paradise Heights, Florida Pensacola, Florida Wellborn, Florida Williston, Florida Ellijay, Georgia Oak Park, Indiana Lansing, Kansas Barbourville, Kentucky Symsonia, Kentucky Covington, Louisiana Zachary, Louisiana Linthicum, Maryland Worcester, Massachusetts La Vista, Nebraska Ralston, Nebraska Port Norris, New Jersey Kiryas Joel, New York Ronkonkoma, New York Cincinnati, Ohio Findlay, Ohio West Liberty, Ohio Columbia, South Carolina Northlake, South Carolina Orangeburg, South Carolina Swansea, South Carolina Austin, Texas Dallas, Texas Farmers Branch, Texas Katy, Texas Port Lavaca, Texas San Antonio, Texas Danville, Virginia Vienna, Virginia Liberty, West Virginia