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Blackfoot Daisy
  Blackfoot Daisy
Blackfoot Daisy

Blackfoot Daisy, Rock daisy, Plains blackfoot
Melampodium leucanthum

A low, round, bushy plant with flower heads of 8-10 broad white rays surrounding a small yellow central disk. Plains blackfoot or blackfoot daisy is a low, bushy, mounded perennial, 6-12 in. tall and twice as wide. It is covered with narrow leaves and 1 in. wide, white, daisy-like flowers. The white rays are toothed at the tips and surround yellow disk flowers. These honey-scented flower heads are solitary and terminal on slender stalks. At first glance, Blackfoot Daisy appears to be the twin of White Zinnia (Zinnia acerosa), but flower heads of the latter species have 4-6 broad white rays and a narrow base of several overlapping scales. Both may be found in the same habitat, but the range of White Zinnia does not extend as far south as Blackfoot Daisy. Native distribution: CO to OK, s. to AZ, c. TX & Mexico.

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Tammy M. Anderson
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    Fabulous capture of these beauties, Jim. Thanks for the info on my wasp image.

1/29/2011 6:43:10 AM

Ron McEwan
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Thanks for the uplift Jim, this is totally beautiful on this winter day. Love them excellent composition

1/29/2011 7:40:05 AM

Jeff W. Robinson
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Wonderful comp, color and capture Jim! Jeff

1/29/2011 9:52:58 AM

Val Feldman
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I've tried to grow these guys every season since we've landed in TX and every year, they kick off and I still haven't figured out what I'm doing wrong...if this is growing in your garden....growing hints, PLEASE! :) Excellent full frame, Tex of these sturdy (Ha!)and drought tolerant TX beauties!

2/3/2011 7:42:33 AM

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