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Coreopsis, Lanceleaf

Herbaceous Perennial Flower, Wildflower

Also known as Lanceleaf tickseed
Coreopsis lanceolata
Asteraceae Family

Very similar to Large-flowered Coreopsis (C. grandiflora), with showy, large (up to 2.5-inch) golden-yellow blooms and attractive medium-green foliage. Doesn't produce quite as many flowers, but is longer-lived and has leaves mostly just at the base of the plant.

Site Characteristics
  • full sun
  • part shade
Prefers full sun.

Soil conditions:

  • tolerates droughty soil
  • requires well-drained soil
  • requires high fertility

Hardiness zones:

  • 4 to 9
Plant Traits

Lifecycle: perennial

Ease-of-care: moderately difficult

Height: 1 to 2.5 feet

Some dwarf varieties stay less than 1 foot tall.

Spread: 1 to 1.5 feet

Bloom time:

  • early summer
  • mid-summer
  • late summer

Flower color:

  • orange
  • yellow

Foliage color: medium green

Most of the foliage borne near the base of the plant.

Foliage texture: medium


  • cushion, mound or clump
  • upright

Shape in flower:

  • flower stalks with upright spikes
  • flower stalks with flowers with petal radiating outward

Solitary, daisy-like blooms borne on erect stems rising above the foliage.

Special Considerations
Special characteristics:
  • deer resistant
  • non-aggressive
  • non-invasive
  • native to North America - Central and southern U.S.
  • butterflies
Special uses:
  • cut flowers
  • wildflowers
  • naturalistic garden
Growing Information
How to plant:

Propagate by seed, cuttings, division or separation - Divide every 2 to 3 years in early spring to promote cold hardiness and maintain plant vigor. Undivided plants are not long-lived.

Sow seeds indoors in late winter, or outdoors in seedbed in midspring. Move to garden when frost danger has passed.

Make cuttings in spring.

Maintenance and care:
Plants are short-lived, but don't flower themselves to death as fast as large-flowered tickseed (C. grandiflora). To maintain hardiness and vigor, divide every 2 to 3 years.

Deadhead daily to prolong blooming. Cut plants back in midsummer if their growth becomes straggly. This prevents excessive flowering, which can kill the plant.

Cut plants back nearly to the ground in late summer or early fall to encourage healthy new foliar growth. Allow foliage to remain for the winter, then clean up the plants in the spring.

More growing information: How to Grow Perennials

Slugs and snails
Flea beetles
Striped and/or spotted cucumber beetles
Potato aphid
Powdery mildew
Botrytis blight
Bacterial and fungal leaf spots
Root and/or crown rots
Downy mildew
Aster yellows
Some varieties are hybrids with large-flowered tickseed (C. grandiflora).

'Baby Gold' grows 1.5 feet tall with single golden yellow blooms.

'Baby Sun' grows 1.5 feet tall with golden yellow blooms.

'Brown Eyes' grows 2 feet tall with golden blooms marked with maroon-brown centers.

'Double Sunburst' grows 1.5 feet tall with semi-double golden yellow blooms with prominent centers.

'Goldfink' is a compact dwarf that grows just 10 inches tall with single golden yellow blooms.

'Goldteppich' grows 1 to 1.5 feet tall with golden yellow flowers.

'Sterntaler' grows 1.5 feet tall with double golden blooms marked with a showy brown centers.

'Sunburst' grows 2 to 2.5 feet tall with double golden yellow blooms.