Easily grown members of sun- ower family, yielding a profusion of yellow, orange, maroon, or reddish owers over a long bloom season. Easy to propagate annuals from seed sown in place or in pots, perennials from seed or division of root crown. Tend to self-sow; seeds attract birds. Not browsed by deer.
coreopsis auriculata 'Nana
- Selection of a species native to the southeastern U.S. Forms a 5- to 6 inches-high mat of medium green, 2- to 5 inches-long leaves; under ideal conditions, spreads by stolons to form a 2 feet-wide clump in a year.
- Bright orange-yellow, 1- to 2 inches-wide flowers rise well above the foliage; bloom is heaviest in spring, but flowers keep on coming over a long season if you deadhead regularly.
- Best used in front of taller plants, in borders, or as edging.
- Moderate water.
- Coreopsis a.
- Zamphir is similar but grows 1-1 feet high and wide, with golden yellow, fluted petals.
- From the central and southeastern U.S. Narrow, dark green leaves with three to five lobes form a foliage clump 12 feet high, spreading to 3 feet wide.
- Bright yellow, 2- to 3 inches-wide flowers bloom all summer on long, slender stems high above foliage.
- Sunburst has large semidouble flowers; it blooms the first year from seed sown early in spring, then spreads by self-sowing.
- Early Sunrise is similar but may begin blooming in late spring.
- Flying Saucers is a nearly sterile selection with flat, single, 2 inches yellow flowers over a long period; 'Sunray' is a dense, compact selection with double and semidouble flowers.
- Corey Yellow has golden yellow flowers with dark red center, and 'Santa Fe Yellow' is semidouble with golden yellow flowers.
All are tough enough for roadside planting. Moderate water.
- A beguiling array of hybrid coreopsis have stormed nurseries and garden centers.
- They offer a wide range of flower colors and varied habits.
- Perennial types bloom from late spring through summer and into fall, and can also be treated as annuals.
- Most grow about 1122 feet tall and 212 feet wide, and look best with moderate water.
- Autumn Blush bears butter-yellow flowers with red centers.
- As the weather cools, the flowers blush reddish pink.
- Crme Brlee bears abundant, deep yellow blooms on compact plants with good mildew resistance.
- Jethro Tull grows 18 inches tall and bears golden-yellow flowers with unusual, tubular rays.
- Limerock Ruby has ruby-red flowers to 1 inches wide.
- Limerock Passion is similar, but with yellow-centered, lavender-pink flowers.
- Sienna Sunset has rich salmon-orange blooms and excellent disease resistance.
- Tequila Sunrise is compact, to 112 feet high and 1 feet wide.
- Narrow, olive-green leaves are irregularly variegated with cream and yellow, with touches of pinkish red in spring and deeper red in fall.
- Golden yellow flowers with deep orange-red centers.
- Members of the Hardy Jewel series are compact perennials, including 'Citrine', bright yellow; 'Ruby Frost', deep red with white edges; 'Garnet', garnet red; and 'Pink Sapphire', bright purplish pink.
Hybrid annual coreopsis include compact 'Little Penny', which grows less than a foot tall and twice as wide and has small copper-red blooms; the mounding (under a foot high) Punch series in bright shades of red, yellow, orange, and red-and-white bicolors; and the Lemonade series, with feathery golden foliage and red, pink, or rose flowers. Many are perennials in mild-winter areas. Most perform best in the optimum conditions of a container garden. Regular water.
- Perennial from the central and southern U.S. To 12 feet high, 11 feet wide.
- Narrow, somewhat hairy, medium green leaves, mostly in a tuft near plant's base; some leaves on lower stem have a few lobes.
- Yellow, 1- to 2 inches flowers on pale green stems bloom from spring to summer, make excellent cut flowers.
- When well established, plant persists year after year.
- Moderate water.
- Zones US, MS, LS; USDA 6-8.
- Native from Nova Scotia to Delaware.
- Fine-textured plant with bright green foliage; grows 12 feet tall, 1 feet wide, with 1 inches-wide, yellow-centered pink flowers from summer to fall.
- Heavens Gate' has fine leaf texture with burgundy flowers.
- Flower fades in high light to a white flower with a burgundy center.
- Sweet Dreams has threadlike leaves and masses of big white flowers with a raspberry-colored ring surrounding a golden eye.
- Shorter lived than other species.
- Prefers moist soil.
calliopsis, annual coreopsis
- Zones US, MS, LS, CS, TS; USDA 6-11.
- Native to much of North America.
- Slender, upright, wiry-stemmed plant 13 feet tall, 11 feet wide; much like cosmos in growth habit.
- Smooth, medium to dark green leaves and smooth stems.
- Flowers to 1 inches wide, with purple-brown centers; rays are yellow, maroon, bronze, or reddish rays, banded with contrasting colors.
- Dwarf and double types are also available.
- Blooms in spring and summer, except where hot, humid weather shortens the show.
- Sow seed in place in dryish soil and full sun.
- Little to moderate water.
- Native to prairies, open woods, and roadsides from Ontario south to Georgia, Mississippi, and Louisiana.
- To 57 feet tall, 4 feet wide.
- Shiny, dark green, three-leafleted leaves.
- Blooms from midsummer into fall, carrying many 2 inches., brown-eyed, butter-yellow flowers on branching stems.
- Both foliage and flowers are anise scented.
- Use at the back of a border or in a wildflower or butterfly garden.
- Prefers moist soil and some shade.
- Lightning Flash blooms heavier and longer with age; single yellow flower atop yellow foliage.
- Native from Maryland to Florida, west to Arkansas.
- To 212 3 feet tall, half as broad; many erect or slightly leaning stems carry many whorls of medium green, finely divided, very narrow leaves.
- At stem tips are 2 inches., bright yellow daisies, freely borne over a long summer and autumn season.
- One of the most tolerant of drought and neglect.
- Fools Gold' has variegated foliage with single yellow flower, while 'Golden Gain' has bright yellow flowers on dense clumps of dark green foliage.
- Moonbeam, to 12 feet tall, has pale yellow blooms; 'Zagreb', to 1 feet., bears golden yellow flowers.
- Divide in fall or spring every third year to maintain vigor.
- Little to moderate water.