- Season: Annual
- USDA Zones: 4 - 9
- Height: 12 inches
- Width: 12 - 18 inches
- Bloom Season: Spring through fall
- Bloom Color: Golden yellow
- Growth Rate: Moderate
- Environment: Full sun to partial shade
- Temperature: 68F
- Average Germ Time: 7 - 10 days
- Light Required: Yes
- Depth: Cover lightly with peat moss
- Soil Type: Well-drained, pH 5.5 - 6.2
- Sowing Rate: Approximately 200 melampodium seeds covers 10 square feet
- Moisture: Keep soil steadily moist but not wet
- Plant Spacing: 12 inches
- Note: For detailed directions for indoor and outdoor planting, please Click Here
- Care & Maintenance: See: Melampodium
Melampodium (Melampodium Paludosum Derby) - Start Melampodium seeds for a ground cover plant that makes a carpet of gold for any sunny location. Also known as Melampodium Butter Daisy or Melampodium Star Daisy, this little annual has 1 inch blooms that do not want to quit blooming and blooming. Melampodium Derby is the gardener's choice for a summer annual who value its low-growing, neatly-rounded habit, effortless summer-long bloom, and versatility of use. Great for containers, edging, the front of the border, ground cover plantings, and just about any other site in sunny soil. Star Daisy seeds begin blooming less than 2 months after sowing and will keep blooming even through the heat and humidity of summer time.
Butter Daisy ground cover is great for containers as well as for a sunny ground cover plant in any garden, Melampodium Derby yellow quickly grows into a neatly rounded, mounding plant with masses and masses of 1-inch daisies. It needs very little care to keep growing and blooming its best, and will self-sow freely if you let it, creating a permanent ground cover for itself in your beds and borders.
Growing Melampodium seed is so rewarding, and you will find this ground cover seed easy to germinate and eager to grow. The plants are free from insect and pest problems, but can become prey to powdery mildew in very humid, moist climates, so make sure they have good air circulation if this is an issue in your garden. This is truly one of the most low-maintenance annual ground covers that you can grow from ground cover seed. Sow Melampodium seeds indoors 7 - 10 weeks for the last expected frost date. Transplant the seedlings outdoors when frost danger has passed.