Coreopsis palmata - Prairie Coreopsis
Prairie Coreopsis (Coreopsis palmata) is a stiff-stemmed, upright perennial. It produces leaves that have three long, narrow lobes that turn a reddish color along with the stems in the fall. Its bright yellow flowers measure 2 - 3 inches across and can last for 3 - 4 weeks during the heat of mid-summer. It spreads by rhizomes along with self-seeding, and can form clumps within a short period of time. Palmata is in reference to its leaves looking like little hands or fingers of a hand.
Soil Moisture: Dry, Moderate
Sun Exposure: Full Sun, Partial Shade
Height: 1' - 3'
Hardiness Zone: 3 - 8
Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: June, July, August
Attracts: Butterflies, Pollinators
Coreopsis is a genus of flowering plants with about 75 - 80 species native to North, Central, and South America. The showy, daisy-like flowers are usually yellow with a toothed tip, but some species also have red along with the yellow. The colorful blooms do not have much of a fragrant scent, but the foliage has an anise-like smell. It gets one of its alternate names "Tickseed" from its tiny round seeds that resemble ticks, which attracts birds and other wildlife looking for food during the fall and winter.
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