The Dirty Gardener Coreopsis Lanceolata Lance Leaved Flowers
Alternate name: Lance leaf Tickseed. Family: Asteraceae. Description: Native herbaceous perennial; self-seeds freely to form large colonies. Habit: clump-forming; slender, erect stems branch at base. Height: 4-24 in (10-60 cm) or more. Leaf: bright green, fine; in basal rosette, strap-like; on stem, fewer, opposite, may be lobed, mostly near the base; evergreen or semi-evergreen in some climates. Flower: daisy-like, terminal, 1-3 in (25-75 mm) wide; 8 wide rays, lemon yellow to gold, raggedly toothed, around a grainy, yellow to orange, button-shaped disc, 3/8-3/4 in (8-20 mm) wide. Fruit: dry seed, on thin flat wings, 1/8 in (3 mm) long. Flower Mar-Aug. Habitat Open sites with good drainage and rocky or sandy soil: dunes, dry woods, meadows, prairies, ditches, roadsides, old fields, disturbed sites; also widely cultivated as an ornamental. Discussion Also known as: tickseed, lance leaf tickseed, long-stalk tickseed, sand tickseed, sand coreopsis. This plant is widely cultivated as an ornamental, many varieties and hybrids exist. The entire genus Coreopsis is the State Wildflower of Florida. A southern species, Greater Tickseed (C. major), 2-3' (60-90 cm) tall, has sunflower-like flower heads 1-2" (2.5-5 cm) wide and opposite leaves deeply segmented into 3 parts, appearing as a whorl of 6. Nearly a dozen other perennial yellow-flowered. Coreopsis species occur in the East. Comments: Lance-leaved coreopsis is drought tolerant and easy to grow. It is the most common coreopsis of the North American prairies. Exposure Preference: Sun to partial sun. Native Distribution: Florida to E. Texas & N. New Mexico, n. to Virginia, Ontario, Michigan, Wisconsin, Missouri & Colorado; naturalized in N.E. states. Site Preference: Prairies; open fields; sandy woods; roadsides. Soil Preference Sandy, gravelly soils.
- Fill your gardens and meadows with these sunshiny yellow blooms
- Produces small sunflower-like blooms which last from March through August
- Attracts butterflies, bees and birds to your yard
- Perennial which seeds freely and creates large colonies
- Grows from 4 to 24 inches and prefers full sun