Prairie coreopsis is well suited for meadow plantings or restorations with tall grasses and looks impressive when allowed to form colonies. Thanks to it’s upright habit it is able to compete with other prairie plants. It flowers slightly earlier than most prairie natives and there by extends the season of color. It is the perfect choice for difficult, dry soil and can be used to stabilize soil on sunny slopes. The blossoms are visited by butterflies, skippers and native bees and are the host plant for several moths.
Long blooming with a stand-out bloom color
Provides nectar for butterflies, seeds for birds
Brilliant scarlet fall stem and leaf color
Naturalizes easily to form dense colonies
Deer and drought resistant
Stunning cut flowers
Open prairies and meadows from North Dakota south to Oklahoma and Louisiana and north and east to Indiana and Michigan.
Oligolege bees are specialist pollinators of flowering plants – they visit a limited variety of plant species, often in a single genus. The long-tongued bee Coreopsis Miner Bee is a good example of that.
Deadheading spent flower will encourage the plant to produce more blooms. It spreads by rhizomes and from seed and can form large colonies. Plants may be cut back hard in summer if the foliage becomes sprawling and un attractive.