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Elephants Foot, also known as Elephantopus elatus, is a striking native perennial prized for its unique appearance and resilience. With its low-growing habit and clusters of small, daisy-like flowers, Elephants Foot adds texture and interest to any garden or landscape.

Growing Conditions:

- Thrives in well-drained soil with moderate fertility.

- Prefers full sun to partial shade, though it can tolerate some shade.

- Hardy in USDA zones 8-11, but can be grown as an annual in cooler climates.

- Drought-tolerant once established, but benefits from regular watering during dry spells.


- Deadhead spent flowers to promote prolonged blooming and prevent self-seeding.

- Trim back any dead or damaged foliage in late winter or early spring to encourage new growth.

- Mulch around the base of the plant to conserve moisture and suppress weeds.

- Monitor for pests and diseases, such as aphids or powdery mildew, and treat as necessary to maintain plant health.

Wildlife Attraction:

- The flowers of Elephants Foot attract a variety of pollinators, including bees, butterflies, and hoverflies.

- Provides habitat and food for various species of butterflies and moths during their larval stage.

- The seeds are a food source for birds, adding to the plant's value in supporting wildlife.

- Enhances biodiversity in the garden by attracting a range of pollinators and beneficial insects.

Bring texture and resilience to your garden with Elephants Foot – a native perennial that's both eye-catching and beneficial to wildlife.

Elephants Foot, Elephantopus elatus

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