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Lance-leaf Coreopsis

Coreopsis lanceolata

Lance-leaf Coreopsis

General Information

Lance-leaf Coreopsis is an easy-to-grow, clump-forming herbaceous perennial. It thrives in poor, sandy or rocky soils and needs good drainage.

Lance-leaf Coreopsis is typically found in prairies, glades, fields and roadsides. It prefers full sun and drier soils and given the right conditions can naturalize to form large colonies.

Lance-leaf Coreopsis has showy yellow flowers and blooms in May and June. Deadheading flower stalks can extend the bloom season and will prevent self-seeding.

Plant Information

Plant Type:

Herbaceous perennial

Sun Preference:

Full Sun

Soil Moisture Preference:

Medium-Dry * Dry

Plant Height:

1 to 2 feet

Plant Width:

1 to 2 feet

Plant Spacing:

1 to 1.5 feet

Flower Color:


Flower timing:

May and June

Culture Information:

Lance-Leaf Coreopsis works best in butterfly gardens, children's gardens, cottage gardens, cutting gardens, drought tolerant gardens, pollinator gardens, rock gardens, meadows and even prairies. It is effective in borders and is a good plant for poor, dry soils.

When first planted, Lance-Leaf Coreopsis should be watered weekly for first few months, unless at least an inch of rain has been received in the last week to help it get established. After it becomes established, Lance-Leaf Coreopsis does not typically need watering, as it is drought tolerant.

If desired, Lance-Leaf Coreopsis can be cut back to the ground in late fall or over winter. Division may be needed every 2-3 years to maintain its robustness.


Dry Soil
Shallow-Rocky Soil

Pests & Disease:

Lance-Leaf Coreopsis typically has no serious insect problems.

Lance-Leaf Coreopsis doesn’t usually have serious disease problems. It is susceptible to crown rot when grown in moist, poorly drained soils.

Lance-Leaf Coreopsis has a medium fire rating.

Wildlife Use:

Pollinators: Lance-Leaf Coreopsis attracts butterflies, bees and other pollinators.

Birds: The seeds provide food for songbirds.

Mammals: N/A.

Other: N/A.

Native to:

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