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Butter Daisy, Melampodium, Gold Medallion Flower, Star Daisy 'Million Gold'

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)
Cultivar: Million Gold



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Blooms repeatedly



This plant is resistant to deer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds


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


Valdosta, Georgia

Pukalani, Hawaii

Poland, Indiana

Denham Springs, Louisiana

Bellaire, Michigan

Dearborn Heights, Michigan

Croton On Hudson, New York

Ronkonkoma, New York

Morehead City, North Carolina

Anderson, South Carolina

Crossville, Tennessee

Austin, Texas

Houston, Texas

Huntsville, Texas

Jacksonville, Texas

Plano, Texas

Richmond, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 9, 2016, thebarkers from Huntsville, TX wrote:

This is a very profuse and beautiful bushy plant , it is just like a black foot daisy but it has yellow flowers and seems like it is more bushy than a black foot daisy, here in Huntsville Tx it is a perennial and I feel like if more people knew about this plant it would be used more in landscaping because it is absolutely beautiful and tough for tx, I have it tailing over in a raised flower bed.


On Aug 27, 2009, mindyk37 from Poland, IN wrote:

mega blooms, bright cheerful color, low maintenance-a perfect 10


On Jul 30, 2008, tammyinrichmond from Richmond, VA wrote:

I planted these great annuals one time approximately four years ago. Every year, they pop up somewhere without fail. They have moved from one side of the yard to the other. They are very consistent in their blooming and would highly recommend for your garden. Hope you enjoy as much as I do.

Tammy In Richmond VA


On May 13, 2008, RDT from Crossville, TN (Zone 6b) wrote:

This one of my favorite annual. Withstands neglect and yet stays beautiful. Fills up my containers. The seeds are very easy to collect. Once the yellow petals start to drop you will see the brown seeds in the green pockets.