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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.

Benefits

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.


 


Height
2-3 Feet

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Spread
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
Exposure
Filtered Shade
Sun
Soil
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
Uses
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