USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. 3 vols. Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York. Vol. 3: 490.
Where Commonly Found: All New England and New York states
How to Identify:
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Go Botany Key to Coreopsis lanceolata.
Missouri Botanical Garden description for Coreopsis lanceolata. Click on more images.
Flower Type: Bright yellow 6-10 ray flowers, 1.5″-2.5″ across, often strap-shaped, around an orange tubular disk flowers. Flowering time is May – July.
Leaf Arrangement: Opposite, two leaves per node along the stem.
Leaf Type: Lance-shaped leaves, 2″-6″ long, entire or with 1 or 2 lobes at the base.
Seed Collection: When inner series of bracts darken, time to harvest the mature nutlets, about 4 weeks after withering flowers.
Attracts: Bees, Butterflies, Birds
Light: Full Sun to Part Sun
Hardiness Zone: 4 to 8 USDA Zone Map
Notes: A garden favorite available in many cultivars, but for the pollinators likely best to stick with the true native for most attraction and this will reseed freely to make up for the short-life tendency; hence best for naturalizing.
Introduced and naturalized to Northeastern US, native to most of the Central US: Biota of North America Program (BONAP) – North American Plant Atlas (NAPA).