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Coreopsis major

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Description

This wonderful yellow/golden flower is a delight to all who see it.

Coreopsis major is commonly called greater tickseed or greater coreopsis as its flowers and tall stems are larger than other species of Coreopsis. This common wildflower is native to sandy or rocky slopes. hills, fields, open woodlands, thickets, and roadsides in the mid-eastern to the southeastern U.S. It is best naturalized in native wildflower gardens, meadows or prairies. and is a good plant for areas with poor, dry soil  It tends to sprawl if the soil is too fertile. Although it is attractive in borders, its self-seeding tendencies should be controlled by deadheading spent flowers and division may be needed every 2-3 years to maintain robustness.

Insects, Diseases, or Other Plant Problems:  Crown rot may occur if grown in moist, poorly drained soils.

Cultivars / Varieties:
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Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#butterflies#sun#showy flowers#deciduous#birds#songbirds#partial shade#summer#fall flowers#perennial#herbs#wildlife plant#wildflowers#yellow flowers#cottage garden#seeds#rocky soil#sandy soil#food source#cpp#fire#medium flammability#NC native#well-drained soil#stolon#dry soil tolerant#spreading#gold flowers#late summer#division#long bloom time#naturalizes#native wildflower#wildflower garden#clumping#poor soils tolerant#food source summer#butterfly
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Coreopsis
    Species:
    major
    Family:
    Asteraceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Seed
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Southeastern US
    Distribution:
    native to the eastern United States, from Louisiana to Virginia and as far inland as Indiana and Ohio
    Fire Risk Rating:
    medium flammability
    Wildlife Value:
    Attractive to butterflies and songbirds eat the seeds.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 3 ft. 0 in. - 4 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Herb
    Native Plant
    Perennial
    Wildflower
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    Erect
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Sand
    Shallow Rocky
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Occasionally Dry
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    NC Region:
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Black
    Brown/Copper
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Summer
    Fruit Type:
    Achene
    Fruit Description:
    Seeds are dark brown/black, shiny and oblong. Late summer.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Head
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Long Bloom Season
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Radial
    Flower Petals:
    7 - 20 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    Wood tickseed features large, daisy-like flowers (2" diameter) with bright yellow rays and yellow (infrequently with a reddish tinge) center disks. The flowers have seven or more bright yellow petals. Untoothed ray flowers are pointed at the tips. The tips of petals are normally not notched. Flowers appear in loose clusters from late spring to late summer on erect, branching-at-the-top stems typically rising 2-3' (less frequently to 4') tall. The outer bracts are narrow.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Type:
    Compound (Pinnately , Bipinnately, Palmately)
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Whorled
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Undulate
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Description:
    Wood tickseed has opposite, tripartite (three leaflets), sessile lower mid-stem leaves are paired along the stems giving the appearance of being in whorls of 6 leaves. Smaller upper leaves are entire. The edges are not toothed and may be slightly wavy. The leaves are stalkless. This plant appears to have a whorl of six leaves. The stem and leaves have fine hairs.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Surface:
    Hairy (pubescent)
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Naturalized Area
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Cottage Garden
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Native Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Mass Planting
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Pollinators
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought
    Dry Soil
    Heat
    Humidity
    Poor Soil