PlantsMecardoniaMecardonia GoldDust™

Trade name information:
Trade Name: GoldDust™
Cultivar name: 'USMECA8205'
General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Annual
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Plant Height: 4 to 6 inches
Plant Spread: 18 to 24 inches
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Wildlife Attractant: Butterflies
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Suitable for hanging baskets
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Patent/Plant Breeders' Rights: PPAF Can. PBRAF


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Location: VermontDate: 2016-07-04
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Location: VermontDate: 2016-07-04
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Posted by Danita (GA - Zone 7b) on Oct 11, 2014 9:50 AM

This is my first year growing this plant and it hasn't performed well at all for me in a container. When it was in a shadier position, the foliage looked good but it never bloomed. When I moved the container into a little more light, the Mecardonia was constantly drying out and portions of it would die off. It appears that this plant requires high light and high moisture and does not handle the volatile conditions of being planted in a container well. Perhaps it would work with an in-ground planting in a damp and sunny area or in a container that has a water reservoir of some type. The little flowers were really adorable and cheerful for the brief time that they lasted.

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