Melampodium paludosum 'Million Gold'
|For crying out loud, it's October 27th! Aren't you done blooming yet? |
Mounding annual with apple-green foliage covered in yellow daisies through summer. Good front-of-border plant. Gives best show if started earlier than many other annuals, and is well fertilized and watered.
||gold medallion flower; African zinnia
||ordinary garden soil
||germinate at slightly above room temperature
detailed seed-starting info below
|Seed ripens||late August|
This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...
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|Jess||Feb 17, 2005||I really like your online plant site. I haven't seen the rest of it but judging from this page on Medallion daisy, the info detailed here is very useful. What I would like to see more off is close ups of plant leaves to help novice gardeners like myself to easily identify plants before they flower or to distinguish between weeds and non-weeds. So far, it's been a challenge overall to find online resources that includes photos of leaves and such. Thanks again.|
Thanks for your comments, Jess. It's good to hear what visitors to my site find useful and important.
|ACWinOH||Oct 19, 2008||I've seen this plant for several years when we visit SC and finally found a nursery and bought one. I planted it mid-May and it is still blooming prolifically today. Love this happy plant. Meticulously deadheaded at first but then gave up but it still looks lovely. Do you collect seed or buy new ones? - Carol|
I try to collect seed every year, and start new plants in March.
|Jan||Mar 21, 2011||I coordinate a volunteer program at a local arboretum here in southeast Pennsylvania. The first year of the program, 2002, we planted a bed with Melampodium. We've never had to plant that bed again. Each year the seeds reliably produce many more plants than the bed requires. It save us the time and energy of replanting every season not to mention the money. By late July until our volunteer season ends in November the bed is a glowing profusion of yellow. I highly recommend this plant. |
|Smiley||Jul 04, 2011||I'm always looking for low-maintenance, brightly-colored flower plants that bloom all summer long (to date, Portulaca's are my favorites). However, this year I came across the Million Gold Melampodium plants. They bloom beautifully and they are so easy to take care. I want to plant these next year so I'm searching for info on how to harvest the seeds. Do you have any guidance to provide?
In other plants it's as simple as removing the dead flowers and collected the seeds. I'm not seeing the same results with these Melampodiums (i.e., I cannot find the seeds). Any suggestions?|
I haven't grown these for a while, so my memory may be off - but as I recall, the seeds were quite obvious (larger, tan-colored) particles in the dry spent flowerheads, each flower setting plenty of seeds.
- Seed from '01 trade. Celltray with bottom heat (45%G, 3-9d)
- Seed from '02 garden. Baggy 70F (10%G, 4d)
- Same seed as above. Baggy 75F (25%G, 3-7d)
- Seed from '04 garden. Baggy 70F (15d) - 75F (50%G, 1d)
- Seed from '04 garden. Baggy 75F (45%G, 3-8d)
- Seed from '07 garden. Baggy 75F (65%G, 3-7d)
As annuals go, somewhat low germination rate. The plants set plenty of seed, so collect lots, and sow a little thicker.
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