Audubon® Lanceleaf Coreopsis
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Golden Daisy-shaped flowers that are plentiful in the summer garden and are a joy to behold—like pure sunshine in flower form! Lanceleaf Coreopsis starts off the yellow flower parade with a bang. Opening its sunny blooms in earliest summer or even late spring, it can’t wait to bring that warm golden glow to the landscape. Soon butterflies and skippers will be flitting from flower to flower, as well as countless species of hardworking native bees, beetles, and beneficial wasps and flies. Songbirds follow to nibble the nutritious seeds. For a celebration of flora and fauna, Lanceleaf Coreopsis is tops!
May Benefit & Attract: cardinals & grosbeaks, wrens, sparrows, thrushes, orioles, finches, mockingbirds & thrashers, vireos
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- Better for Birds, 100% Neonic-Free
- Not Available in non-native regions, states or counties (see Native Regions map)
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- The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow
- This bird-friendly native plant provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
- Your purchase and planting of this native flora directly supports Audubon’s conservation mission and impact
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- Audubon Native Plants & Trees are free of neonicotinoids and exclusively grown by Bower & Branch
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- Hardiness Zone: 4-9
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Originally native over a large swath of the United States, from Wisconsin to Maryland in the North and from Texas to Florida in the South, Lanceleaf Coreopsis has since spread its reach even further. Reproducing itself easily from seed, it has escaped garden settings and naturalized itself in New England as well as in parts of the Rocky Mountain States and on the West Coast. In Japan and China, it has been so successful that it has been declared an invasive weed. Here in the U.S., it is not considered a problem even in areas where it has spread. It is a joy to see and is a friend to wildlife.
One fascinating insect that makes use of Lanceleaf Coreopsis is the wavy-lined emerald moth, which lays its eggs on the flowers. Known as the camouflaged looper in its immature state, the caterpillar, which is patterned like a pair of camo pants, disguises itself even further by actually detaching pieces of the flower and sticking them to its back! When it transforms into an adult, it becomes a beautiful lime-green moth.
How to Grow
Give Lanceleaf Coreopsis a position in full sun. Well-drained soils will produce the longest-lived plants; in fact, “Sand Coreopsis” is another name for this light soil–loving species. Go easy on the fertilizer and irrigation, too, or floppy stems may result. Once established, it does not like to be spoiled with rich conditions. Lanceleaf Coreopsis reseeds readily, which is the best way to increase the size of your planting. Powdery mildew can be an issue with this species, especially when circulation is poor or when plants don’t receive enough sun or soil moisture. This is generally only a cosmetic issue and won’t kill the plant.
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