Coreopsis Species, Lanceleaf Coreopsis, Lanceleaf Tickseed

Coreopsis lanceolata

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Coreopsis (kor-ee-OP-sis) (Info)
Species: lanceolata (lan-see-oh-LAY-tuh) (Info)
Synonym:Chrysomelea lanceolata
Synonym:Coreopsis crassifolia
Synonym:Coreopsis heterogyna
Synonym:Coreopsis oblongifolia



Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


15-18 in. (38-45 cm)


USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone

Can be grown as an annual



Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Auburn, Alabama

Birmingham, Alabama

Montgomery, Alabama

Flagstaff, Arizona

Mesa, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona

Tempe, Arizona

Blytheville, Arkansas

Conway, Arkansas

Ben Lomond, California

Cool, California

Fallbrook, California(5 reports)

Fremont, California

Menifee, California

Fort Collins, Colorado

Glenwood Springs, Colorado

Littleton, Colorado

New Haven, Connecticut

Old Lyme, Connecticut

Winsted, Connecticut

Havana, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida

Keystone Heights, Florida

Miccosukee Cpo, Florida

North Port, Florida

Orlando, Florida

Vero Beach, Florida

Carrollton, Georgia

Newnan, Georgia

Villa Rica, Georgia

Boise, Idaho

Carol Stream, Illinois

Oak Forest, Illinois

Rockford, Illinois

Fishers, Indiana

Noblesville, Indiana

Solsberry, Indiana

Indianola, Iowa

Kingman, Kansas

Lansing, Kansas

Benton, Kentucky

Ewing, Kentucky

Hanson, Kentucky

Lunenburg, Massachusetts

Marlborough, Massachusetts

Houghton Lake, Michigan

Stanwood, Michigan

Ypsilanti, Michigan

Mathiston, Mississippi

Waynesboro, Mississippi

Piedmont, Missouri

Saint Louis, Missouri

Blair, Nebraska

Auburn, New Hampshire

Haddonfield, New Jersey

Lincroft, New Jersey

Scotch Plains, New Jersey

Seaside Heights, New Jersey

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Corrales, New Mexico

Elephant Butte, New Mexico

Roswell, New Mexico

Berkshire, New York

Penn Yan, New York

Staten Island, New York

Flat Rock, North Carolina

Bucyrus, Ohio

Cambridge, Ohio

Cincinnati, Ohio

Columbia Station, Ohio

Coshocton, Ohio

Delaware, Ohio

Duncan Falls, Ohio

Mogadore, Ohio

Lone Wolf, Oklahoma

Schulter, Oklahoma

Portland, Oregon

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Port Matilda, Pennsylvania

Reading, Pennsylvania

Troy, Pennsylvania

Washington, Pennsylvania

Whitehall, Pennsylvania

Newport, Rhode Island

Charleston, South Carolina

Greer, South Carolina

Okatie, South Carolina

Cookeville, Tennessee

Lenoir City, Tennessee

Arlington, Texas

Austin, Texas(2 reports)

Bulverde, Texas

Carrollton, Texas

Conroe, Texas

Crawford, Texas

Dallas, Texas

Georgetown, Texas

Giddings, Texas

Houston, Texas

La Porte, Texas

Mesquite, Texas

Paris, Texas

Tomball, Texas

Wylie, Texas

Leesburg, Virginia

Springfield, Virginia

Walkerton, Virginia

Kalama, Washington

Ellsworth, Wisconsin

Muscoda, Wisconsin

Porterfield, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 22, 2017, Rests from Bryan, TX wrote:

I have tried growing this plant at least 3 times. Seems like every time I plant it here in Bryan, Texas we end up getting tons of rain for about a week. It turns black and dies. It is not forgiving of even brief periods of rain. Not worth the time and money.


On Mar 27, 2016, RhodyDude from Takoma Park, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

I planted this from seed with great hopes, but am in the process of removing it from most of my garden. Perhaps because my soil is too rich -- a good deal of compost -- the plants get tall and when blooming fall down and look like a floppy mess. Very ugly although the individual flowers are attractive. The flowers also smell bad -- something like privet bush flowers. If you have a field of these, it just stinks. I am leaving this in a flower bed with relatively poor soil where other plants can support the flowering stems and I don't have as much opportunity to smell. I've also read that goldfinches love the seed from these plants. Never saw them visit mine. Perhaps the issue is that the stems were all flopped onto the ground.


On Jan 10, 2016, dduff from Fort Collins, CO (Zone 5b) wrote:

This is a neutral for me. There are lots of options for yellow flowers and I didn't find anything about Coreopsis lanceolata to be spectacular.

Pros: Native. Easy to grow. Many flowered from seed in first year.

Cons: Unattractive seed-heads. Problems with powdery mildew.


On Mar 16, 2008, mbhoakct76 from Winsted, CT wrote:

grows tall and bushy, easy to grow and hardy in zone 5. i like the foliage. To me its a must have- but give it its space.


On Aug 21, 2006, HortusBiebel from Carol Stream, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

Many coreopsis are native to Illinois and other praries states. I live in Illinois, and it seems to thrive in its natural area here. It produces stems from which skinny, smaller stems protrude. These hold the beautiful, bright yellow, daisylike flowers. Rabbits seem to find mine a real delicacy; try rabbit and deer prevention spray for this problem. It works for me.


On Jul 12, 2005, maggiemoo from Conroe, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

An easy plant in TX, a TX native.


On Aug 19, 2004, Windy from Belleville , IL (Zone 6b) wrote:

The lanceleaf coreopsis is a favorite of the goldfinches who visit my yard. They will hang on a seed pod until they scarf down every last seed. It is a lovely addition to those that do not care if a bird shares the harvest.


On Jul 2, 2004, punaheledp from Kailua, HI (Zone 11) wrote:

my sister sent me a packet of seeds. I planted about 6 mos. ago and plants seem healthy but have not yet bloomed. Can somebody tell me when I should expect plants from seed to bloom? Don't know how they'll do here in zone 11, packet did not list zones, but does say they are drought tolerant whem mature. My plants are about 8"-10" tall. If they bloom will change rating to positive and add to list of where they grow.


On Jun 30, 2004, saya from Heerlen,
Netherlands (Zone 8b) wrote:

I cannot do without her in my garden for her long and cheerfull blooming. She provides me with cutflowers whole season long.


On May 8, 2004, bayouposte from Bossier City, LA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Cheerful, easy plant. Flowers face east in the morning and west in the afternoon, but sometime after dark --they turn east again, as if anticipating the sun. I love the idea that it doesn't just lean to the sun, it knows where the sun comes up and prepares for sunrise.


On May 3, 2004, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

A great addition to any wildflower garden. Easy to grow and hardy, they will last for years and multiply.

An American Native that deserves more regognition than it gets.

When deadheaded, they will have a very long bloom season.


On Aug 1, 2003, PurplePansies from Deal, NJ (Zone 7a) wrote:

A native American plant. Surely not an unusual plant or with outstandingly showy flowers, but grown extensively for good reason. Blooms over a long period, and it is VERY easy to grow, thriving in a variety of conditions, its only demands are probably to be planted in full sun, and not to be planted in the wettest or heavy clay spots. Bright yellow flowers are cheery, combine well with many flowers and are a good addition to most gardens. Its somewhat open and airy habit can add a softening effect when planted around stiffer plants. Very easy to grow from seed, should deadhead or remove seedheads, if self-sown seedlings are not desired. Not bothered by diseases or insects. However, after a strong rain, in partial shade or overly rich or wet soil, plants can tend to flop over. Plants are... read more


On Sep 1, 2002, Crimson from Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b) wrote:

Makes great cut flowers, lasting over a week. Grew very tall (3 1/2 ft) and flowered, I cut it back after it started to slow on flower production and it burst forth with tons more blooms. I keep it dead headed, produces tons of seed.


On Nov 8, 2000, gardener_mick from Wentworth, SD (Zone 4a) wrote:

These are a perennial in zones 4-9. They need full sun and well drained soil that is fertile and somewhat moist. They produce 1 1/2 to 2 1/2" flowers that are yellow. They will have single to double flowers on top of 12-12" stems. The foliage is a deep green. They bloom from summer to fall.