FWG Plant Sale 2012 Top Ten: #7 – Lanceleaf Coreopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata)

We’re profiling ten plants available at this year’s Native Plant Sale which may be less well-known – but still very lovable! Why not consider adding one of these to your garden?

Flowers: Yellow

Height: 20-24” (50 to 80 cm)

Width: 12-18″ (30-45 cm)

Light: Sun

With its bright, daisy-like yellow flowers, Lanceleaf Coreopsis is a cheery plant for any garden – and indeed is a stalwart member of most native garden plantings. Blooming with profusion, flowers can be enjoyed from July until September with dead heading. Once it goes to seed, Lanceleaf Coreopsis is a food source for birds seeking a snack.

Fairly drought tolerant, it can survive a variety of light conditions but performs best in full sun. We find it can get a bit floppy in our Backyard Garden, so we provide it some support. Juxtaposed against the bright Red Beebalm and coarse-leaved purple Joe-pye Weed, this cheery plant holds its own. It can be used for cut flowers, so that the sunshine is brought inside.

With a mounded form, Lanceleaf Coreopsis will keep expanding to form an ever greater clump. It will set seed, but we don’t find it ever becomes weedy. Perhaps that is because the birds and other animals make off with the seed! Hardy overall, this is a great plant if you are just starting to introduce natives into your home garden given Lanceleaf Coreopsis’ ability to tolerate a range of conditions. This is one plant that actually likes a poor soil!

Lanceleaf Coreopsis rarely blooms its first year when grown from seed, but this year at the Native Plant Sale we have second year plants as well as smaller first years.

Read about our other top ten:

#8 – Blue Flag Iris

#9 – Wild Columbine

#10 – Obedient Plant


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