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(Coreopsis lanceolata)
Lance-leaf Coreopsis

Host Plant: None

Nectar Plant: Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus), Common Buckeye (Junonia coenia), other butterflies, and honeybees.

Habit: Herbaceous Perennial that grows 1-3 feet tall.

Flower: Yellow that blooms from April to July

Range in North America: Most of North America except upper Midwest

Exposure: Sun to Shade in well-drained soil, this plant can tolerate dry conditions

Hardiness: Zones 3-9

Soil Requirements: sandy, well drained soil

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Lance-leaf Coreopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata)

Yellow flowers of lance-leaf coreopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata).
Lance-leaf Coreopsis — Cette photo a été prise par André ALLIOT., CC0, via Wikimedia Commons

Alternative Names

Lance-leaf Tickseed, Sand Coreopsis, and Lanceleaf Coreopsis

Description of Lance-leaf Coreopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata)

Lance-leaf coreopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata), a member of the Asteraceae (Aster Family), is a herbaceous short-lived perennial that has yellow flowers that bloom from April to June.  Here at McMullen House we have had them flower during the entire growing season.  This plant can grow up to 3 feet high.  The NC Extension Gardener site states that this plant is resistant to deer, but some reviewers on the Dave’s Garden have stated that deer will east this plant.  Deer browsing has not been noticed on this plant at McMullen House.

Nectar Species

Lance-leaf Coreopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata) does not host any butterflies, but is an important nectar plant for the Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus) and Common Buckeye (Junonia coenia), other butterflies, and bees.

Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus)

Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus) on goldenrod.
Monarch Butterfly on Goldenrod — ALAN SCHMIERER from southeast AZ, USA, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons
Common buckeye butterfly on flower.
Common Buckeye (Junonia coenia) — Dr. Thomas G. Barnes, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Habitat

Lance-leaf Coreopsis grows in open areas including grasslands and meadows and can tolerate full sun to shade.

Range of Lance-leaf Coreopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata)

Range map of Lance-leaf Coreopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata) in the United States and Canada.

Interesting Facts

The genus name, Coreopsis, refers to the resemblance of the seeds to ticks or bugs (Missouri Botanical Garden).

Native Location

British Columbia, Ontario, Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

USDA Plant Hardiness Zone

Zone 3, Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9

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