I would love to know what this flower is. Help?

geoff_nc(7)July 17, 2012

A neighbor gave me some seedlings of this plant. It reseeds every year, loves full sun, grows about 6 inches tall, and flowers all summer. The flowers are about the size of a dime. My sister thought it could be some variant of arnica but we've not found one that matches.

Can somebody identify this? My neighbor has no idea what they are, either.

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geoff_nc(7)

here's another view of these plants.

    Bookmark   July 17, 2012 at 11:44AM
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esh_ga

It is Melampodium, not native to the U.S. (and I mention that because this is the native plant forum). It is a good little re-seeder, I agree.

    Bookmark   July 17, 2012 at 6:55PM
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geoff_nc(7)

Thanks esh_ga! Hey, on Wikipedia it says it is native to USA.

I posted here because of our wondering if it was a variation of arnica which is native, too.

I do appreciate the assist.

Here is a link that might be useful: Melampodium on Wiki

    Bookmark   July 17, 2012 at 7:11PM
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esh_ga

Hard to say - Floridata says that Melampodium divaricatum is from areas south of here such as Central America.

But certainly it has cousins that are native to the US.

Here is a link that might be useful: Floridata

    Bookmark   July 18, 2012 at 2:51PM
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kaliaman

http://plants.usda.gov/java/nameSearch?keywordquery=Melampodium+divaricatum&mode=sciname&submit.x=0amp;submit.y=0#

the usda plant database entry for this plant lists native status and other info

    Bookmark   July 29, 2012 at 4:10PM
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geoff_nc(7)

Thanks kaliaman. Must be migrating north, you know - global warming! I see it is ordinarily native to Florida. My neighbor here in Cary NC has had it growing "wild" for years and I hope mine will reseed next year. It's a great plant. Produces constant blooms.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2012 at 4:32PM
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