Coreopsis verticillata, Threadleaf Coreopsis

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

Threadleaf Coreopsis, with its showy flower clusters and airy foliage, is as popular in the garden today as it was in the 19th century. Its natural habitat,* though, is mostly in Virginia and central North Carolina. If you are fond of its appearance but wary of self seeding plants, then try the sterile, compact cultivar ‘Moonbeam’ that spreads by rhizomes.

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Coreopsis verticillata, Perennial Flowers En Masse and with Pollinator** Height: 1⁄2–31⁄2 feet Spread: 2–3 feet Bloom Color: Yellow Characteristics Dense, finely textured, bushy clumps Three-parted leaves with thread-like segment Single yellow flowers in loose clusters from late spring to late summer Spreads readily by rhizomes and reseeding Attributes Tolerates dry/poor soil, drought, heat, and humidity; intolerant of waterlogged soils No serious pests or diseases Deer rarely damage Ethnobotanic and therapeutic uses Attracts butterflies and other pollinators Growing and Maintenance Tips Soil Requirements: Well-drained Light Requirements: Sun, Partial Shade Water Requirements: Dry, Moist Lotus corniculatus - Bird’s Foot Trefoil Deadhead for continued blooms or shear plants mid- to late summer for fall re-bloom Use in mixed borders, containers, or cutting gardens, or naturalized in meadow gardens. Hardiness: USDA Zones 3–9 Excellent Replacement for Cosmos species - Cosmos (annual) Leucanthemum vulgare - Ox-Eye Daisy Rudbeckia hirta - Black-Eyed Susan (annual) Zinnia species - Zinnia (annual) * It also is native to DC and to areas in MD. It is unreported in DE and PA. **

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