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Bright yellow, fringed flowers can be up to 2 1/2 inches across. Blooming a bit earlier than most coreopsis, lance-leaved coreopsis will bloom continuously from May through July. This plant is similar to large-flowered coreopsis.

This species is native to the Chicago Region according to Swink and Wilhelm’s Plants of the Chicago Region, with updates made according to current research.

  • Family (English) Aster (Composite)
  • Family (botanic) Asteraceae (Compositae)
  • Tree or plant type Perennial
  • Native locale North America
  • Size range Medium plant (12-24 inches)
  • Light exposure Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
  • Hardiness zones Zone 3, Zone 4, Zone 5 (Northern Illinois), Zone 6 (City of Chicago), Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9
  • Soil preference Dry soil
  • Tolerances Dry sites, Occasional drought
  • Season of interest late spring, early summer, midsummer
  • Flower color and fragrance Yellow
  • Shape or form Upright
  • Growth rate Fast, Moderate


Lance-leaved coreopsis grows 1 to 2 feet tall and wide, eventually forming a larger clump over time.

Native geographic location and habitat:

This plant is native to the central United States. C value: 5.

Attracts birds or pollinators:

It attracts a wide range of pollinators, including butterflies.

Leaf description:

Leaves have an opposite leaf arrangement toward the base of the plant. The medium green leaves are usually lobed with three parts, the middle section being the longest and sometimes the leaves on this variety can be entire.

Flower description:

Flowers are yellow and daisy-like, sitting at the end of long stems.  

Fruit description:

It produces flat oblong fruit (achene) with two scales at the tip.

Plant care:

Plant in full sun in well-drained soil. This perennial may need staking in moist, fertile soils. Deadheading flower stems will prolong bloom time. Divide clumps in the spring or fall.

List of pests, diseases, and tolerances:

This plant can suffer from leaf spots, rust, powdery mildew, and aphids, none of which are particularly troublesome when planted in dry conditions. It is deer and rabbit resistant. Somewhat more tolerant of dry soils and a bit longer lived than large-flowered coreopsis.


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