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Coreopsis palmata

Prairie Coreopsis /


Prairie coreopsis is well suited for meadow plantings or restorations with tall grasses and looks impressive when allowed to form colonies. Thanks to it’s upright habit it is able to compete with other prairie plants. It flowers slightly earlier than most prairie natives and there by extends the season of color. It is the perfect choice for difficult, dry soil and can be used to stabilize soil on sunny slopes. The blossoms are visited by butterflies, skippers and native bees and are the host plant for several moths.


  • Long blooming with a stand-out bloom color
  • Provides nectar for butterflies, seeds for birds
  • Brilliant scarlet fall stem and leaf color
  • Naturalizes easily to form dense colonies
  • Deer and drought resistant
  • Stunning cut flowers

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Deadheading spent flower will encourage the plant to produce more blooms. It spreads by rhizomes and from seed and can form large colonies. Plants may be cut back hard in summer if the foliage becomes sprawling and un attractive.


2-3 Feet


18-24 Inches

USDA Hardiness Zone 3-8

Native Range

Open prairies and meadows from North Dakota south to Oklahoma and Louisiana and north and east to Indiana and Michigan.

Native Trivia

Oligolege bees are specialist pollinators of flowering plants – they visit a limited variety of plant species, often in a single genus. The long-tongued bee Coreopsis Miner Bee is a good example of that.

"Me and my friends the native bees just love the delicious nectar!"

Characteristics & Attributes

Plan Sub Group
  • Low Perennials
  • Medium Perennials
  • Filtered Shade
  • Sun
  • Well-drained
  • Wide soil tolerance
Soil Moisture Preference
  • Average
  • Dry
  • Moist but well-drained
Attracts Wildlife
  • Beneficial insects
  • Butterflies
  • Songbirds
Bloom Time
  • Late Spring / Early Summer
  • Summer
Critter Resistance
  • Deer Resistant
Habitat Collection
  • Butterfly
  • Songbird
Native Habitat
  • Grassland
Foliage Color
  • Green
  • Border
  • Cut or dried flower
  • Drought tolerant
  • Edging
  • Erosion control
  • Mass plant
  • Meadow
  • Naturalizes
Native to
  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Louisiana
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • Oklahoma
  • South Dakota
  • Wisconsin