Interesting Facts About Coreopsis Lanceolata

coreopsis lanceolata

Coreopsis and Lanceolata are very interesting, beautiful flowers. Their appearance is very similar to the sunrays and even some people call them “Sun Dial”. It is a member of the family of Asteraceae and is described as a perennial flowering plant.

Here are the most interesting facts about the Coreopsis Lanceolata plant:

Coreopsis lanceolata is a flowering plant

A close up of a flower

Coreopsis Lanceolata, also known as “tickseed”, belongs to the family of Asteraceae. It is native to North America and it can be found in most regions of Canada and the United States, except for certain parts of the Rocky Mountains.

Coreopsis Lanceolata are perennial plants

A close up of a flower

Coreopsis Lanceolata is a perennial plant that grows well in moist soils. They also do well in wet soils without excessive waterlogging. Preferring full or partial sun exposure, this type of flower does not tolerate shade very well, especially during the hot summer months. This species grows about 1-3 feet tall (30-91 cm) and 2-3 feet wide (61-91 cm). Coreopsis Lanceolata is very tolerant of cold winters. They start growing in early spring and can continue to flower through the summer months into fall if they are deadheaded.

Coreopsis Lanceolata have large yellow flowers

Coreopsis lanceolata has beautiful, large blooms that grow about 1-2 inches across (2.5-5 cm). They are bright golden/yellow colored with dark centers which contain three to eight brownish or purple spots or streaks on each petal. Coreopsis lanceolata has nine petals, while some other types of coreopsis have only five petals. The center is made of fluffy yellow stamens. They bloom from June until September. The flowers will develop into seed heads that resemble cotton balls.

Coreopsis Lanceolata has many other names

Coreopsis lanceolata is also known as “lanceleaf coreopsis”, “tickseed” or “tickseed sunflower”. It received its name because of the shape and length of the leaves, resembling the type of spearhead (lance) used by ancient warriors during battles. Another interesting fact about this plant is that it has several common names which are associated with different places where it can be found, like Prairie Tickseed (Canada), Narrow-leaved Tickseed (China), and Swamp Sunflower (USA). Some people also call it “carpenter weed”. Other interesting names for this plant are “tickflower” or ” tick daisy”.

Coreopsis Lanceolata’s seeds can last up to 45 years

Coreopsis lanceolata has a very long life in the soil and its seeds can stay in the ground from one year to almost six years. The seeds have a dark brown, thin coating that protects them from being eaten by animals and birds. It also helps them survive in nature by not sprouting right away after they have fallen off.

Coreopsis Lanceolata is drought resistant

The sap that comes out of coreopsis lanceolata used to be used as a dye for fabrics. In case you were wondering if their flowers could provide some sort of benefits, their roots were once boiled and eaten. Coreopsis lanceolata is drought resistant which makes it a great choice for xeriscaping. It is also deer resistant and attracts butterflies.

Coreopsis Lanceolata attract butterflies

Coreopsis lanceolata’s bright yellow flowers are nectar sources that attract many insects like bees, butterflies, wasps, etc. This type of plant not only provides habitat to pollinators, but they can even increase the amount of them in the area where you live. Butterflies will be particularly attracted by this plant because its leaves provide essential nutrients like iron or salts that these types of insects need to produce offspring.

Coreopsis Lanceolata make good cut flowers

Coreopsis lanceolata flowers grow in the summer months and they last well as cut flowers. But there is another interesting fact about them: their leaves also provide a nice appearance to bouquets . If you want your bouquet to last for a long time, put some sharp sand at the bottom of your vase. Add water and then add the flowers. The sharp sand will keep their stems upright so that they can drink water properly.

Coreopsis Lanceolata are sterile hybrids

Coreopsis lanceolata is sterile hybrid plant that emerged in 1912 in Neligh, Nebraska. Its parents are two different species – coreopsis tinctoria (Dyer’s Coreopsis) and tetraneuris acaulis. The name tetraneuris is given because it has four stamens (neuri) which are joined at the base to form a cone-shaped structure.


If you want to add some bright color to your yard, Coreopsis lanceolata is a good choice for this purpose. They will make stunning flowers and their seeds can be used for dyeing fabrics and dying hair (red or blond). If they are planted near a tree, they will provide a habitat to many pollinators like bees and butterflies.

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