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Coreopsis lanceolata

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Plant types and subtypes: Perennials

Light Requirements: sun, part-sun

Water Use: low

Soil Moisture: dry, moist

Soil Description: acid, average, poor, loam, clay, sand, gravel/rock

Height: 1'-3'

Bloom Time: June, July, August

Bloom Color: yellow, orange

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Additional Tags: attracts bees, attracts butterflies, colonizing, cut flowers, deer resistant, drought tolerant, naturalizing, rock garden plant

Coreopsis lanceolata (lanceleaf tickseed)
  • Coreopsis lanceolata (lanceleaf tickseed)
  • Coreopsis lanceolata (lanceleaf tickseed)
  • Coreopsis lanceolata (lanceleaf tickseed)

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Description

Coreopsis lanceolata

Also known as:

lanceleaf tickseed

,

lance-leaved coreopsis

,

sand coreopsis

Scientific Synonyms:

Coreopsis crassifolia, Coreopsis heterogyna, Coreopsis lanceolata var. villosa

Description

Coreopsis lanceolata is a low growing wildflower that typically does not exceed a height of 3'. The 2" across daisy-like flowers consist of an orange central disk, surrounded by 8, deep-yellow, lobed rays. The foliage is predominantly basal, with a few sparse leaves along the lower part of each flowering stem. These leaves are lance-shaped - hence the epithet lanceolata - and sometimes deeply lobed, with each lobe also lance-shaped and cut almost back to the stem. Each plant may have several flowering stems, each of which will divide in to several leafless peduncles that are terminated by a single flower.

Cultivation

Lanceleaf tickseed is very easy to grow. It likes a lot of sun, and is not very particular about soil so long as it is well drained and on the dry side. It thrives in poor soil, is often found along roadsides, as well as abandoned fields, and will readily colonies disturbed sites. It will tolerate moist, rich soil, so long as it is very well drained, however, under those conditions it can easily become out-competed by more vigorous species. Individual plants can be short-lived, but this species is a vigorous self-seeder ensuring a perennial presence. The blooming period lasts about a month beginning early to mid-summer, but can be extended by dead-heading spent flowers. Zones 5-9

Propagation

Easy to propagate from seed. Basal rosettes can be divided in early spring or fall.

Additional Notes

The seeds have tiny hairs that tend to attach themselves to fur or clothing when brushed, hence the common name tickseed. Leafy basal rosettes may persist through early winter.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AL, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Asteridae
Order Asterales
Family Asteraceae Aster family
Genus Coreopsis tickseed
Species Coreopsis lanceolata lanceleaf tickseed