The melampodium is an exceptionally neat plant – picture a bouquet of small yellow daisies sitting on a mound of apple green leaves.
The melampodium grows vigorously and is not fussy. Toss a few seeds into the flower bed and let nature take over.
Each plant branches evenly and neatly, giving you more blooms along the way.
The melampodium looks good on its own or in a mixed bed. The yellow blooms brightens the garden and is the perfect foil for other flowering plants like the otacanthus caeruleus, angelonia, torenia or balsam.
I prefer it when the plant matures and some of the leaves fall off. It is then that the blooms seem to stand out more prominently.
Birds love them so be sure to get these before they do. If you ever hear birds chirping noisily in the general direction of your melampodium plants, chances are that they are having a feast.
Care and propagation: full sun; well drained soil; water moderately. Propagate using seeds.