How to Care for Meadow Foam


Meadowfoam (or Limnanthes alba Benth) is a herbaceous winter annual that grows low to the ground. It does well in poorly drained soil. The common name meadowfoam came from the fact that the flower looks like a solid canopy of creamy white flowers when it's at full bloom. Meadowfoam can be found in southern Oregon, northern California and Vancouver Island, British Columbia. The herb grows to a height of 10 to 18 inches with a root system that allows for simple transplanting.

Step 1

Water meadowfoam whenever the soil feels dry to the touch. If you live in a hot, dry climate, water every other day. You can go a few more days in cooler climates. Do not let it dry out between waterings.

Step 2

Control weeds, because they can severely limit the growth of meadowfoam. Pull weed growth or use a chemical method to remove them.

Step 3

Make sure the plant is getting some sun daily. It thrives in an area that is sunny to partially shady.

Step 4

Expect the meadowfoam to spread out. Allow a spacing of 6 to 9 inches between root balls.

Step 5

Allow it to self-seed after flowering to provide more blooms. The seeds will drop from the plant and begin to root, creating more meadowfoam. The seedlings are recognizable if you would rather pull them out to keep the garden more controlled.

Things You'll Need

  • Chemical weed control


  • Alternative Field Crops Manual
  • Agricultural Marketing Resource Center
  • Dave's Garden
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