Butter Daisy, Melampodium, Gold Medallion Flower, Star Daisy

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)
View this plant in a garden



Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade



This plant is resistant to deer

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


Not Applicable

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us



Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Bloom Characteristics:

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

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Blooms repeatedly

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)

Patent Information:


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 is said to grow outdoors 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

show all

Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 18, 2017, smileclick from Sydney,
Australia wrote:

I tried various methods to grow these seeds; in coconut coir, pushed on top of coarse sand and in coffeee filter paper moistened and in a zip lock plastic bag left in the sun. The best results were the zip lock bag followed by the sand. Seeds sprouted after about 5 days (75% of seeds sprouted).
Once sprouted i carefully removed them with a toothpick and dropped them into individual cells in a grow tray and lightly covered them with coir.


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.


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!


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.


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 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


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.


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.