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The Dazzling Lance-leaf Coreopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata)

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

Lance-leaf Tickseed, Sand Coreopsis and Lanceleaf Coreopsis

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.

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

Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus)

Monarch Butterfly on Goldenrod – ALAN SCHMIERER from southeast AZ, USA, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons

Common Buckeye (Junonia coenia)

Common Buckeye – Dr. Thomas G. Barnes, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons


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

Lance-leaf coreopsis grows in open areas including grasslands and meadows and can tolerate full sun to shade.  It is found throughout North America except for the most northern parts and some states in the west.

The genus name of this plant refers to resemblance of the seeds to ticks or bugs (MO Botanical Garden).


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