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Plant Profile: Lance-leaved Coreopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata)

Lance-leaved coreopsis is one of those great plants that looks good in the border as well as in a meadow. It is long blooming and tough and spreads into vigorous colonies that are easily transplanted anywhere their bright yellow color is needed. A native of central and southeastern United States, it thrives in meadows, prairies, and roadsides and tends to sprawl in fertile moist soil. It even does well in a vase and gives a cheery look to any arrangement.  Attractive cultivars such as ‘Sterntaler’ are available.

Type: Herbaceous perennial

Bloom: Yellow daisy like flowers 1-2” across are borne singly on slender stems from late spring through summer.

Foliage: Basal leaves are elongated, narrow, 2-6” long; upper leaves may be deeply cut.

Size: 1-2’ H x 1-1/2′ W

Light: Full sun

Soil: Lean, average to dry, well-drained; tolerates dry, shallow, rocky soil

Fertilizer: Sprawls in fertile soil

Hardiness: Zones 4-9

Care: Dead-head to encourage bloom; cut back hard in mid season to encourage rebloom; divide every 2-3 years to maintain vigor.

Pests and Diseases: May develop crown rot in moist soil

Propagation: Self-seeds readily; easy to start from seed with no cold stratification needed; seeds are mature about 4 weeks after flowers fade; division in spring or fall.

Companion plants: Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberose), blazing star (Liatris spicata), coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)

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