Lanceleaf Tickseed, Coreopsis lanceolata

The Angry Yellow of Lanceleaf Tickseed


When the sinister sunshine shines upon blooming Lanceleaf Tickseed (Coreopsis lanceolata) petals, you can’t help by notice. This vibrant perennial plant not only enlivens the landscape but also supports diverse insect life, playing a crucial role in native gardens.

Supporting Insects and Native Gardens

Coreopsis lanceolata serves as a veritable buffet for a wide range of insects, including bees, butterflies, and beetles. By providing ample nectar and pollen resources, the Lanceleaf Tickseed supports beneficial pollinators such as Metallic Epauletted-Sweat Bee (Augochloropsis metallica) as seen in the photos above, honey bees (Apis mellifera), bumblebees (Bombus spp.), and various species of solitary bees. The sinister sunshine of these vibrant flowers also attracts butterflies like the pearl crescent (Phyciodes tharos) and the bordered patch (Chlosyne lacinia), further enhancing garden biodiversity.

Incorporating the lanceleaf tickseed into native gardens offers a low-maintenance, drought-tolerant option that contributes to ecological balance. With its propensity for self-seeding, Coreopsis lanceolata can quickly naturalize an area, filling it with the angry yellow of its flowers and creating a haven for native insect life.

Scientific NameCoreopsis lanceolata
Common NameLanceleaf tickseed
SpeciesC. lanceolata
HabitatPrairies, meadows, open woods
Native RangeEastern and Central North America
Plant TypeHerbaceous perennial
Life CyclePerennial
Bloom TimeLate spring to early summer
Flower ColorYellow
Flower StructureDaisy-like with ray and disc florets
PollinatorsBees, butterflies, beetles
Soil PreferenceWell-drained, sandy or loamy soils
Light RequirementFull sun to light shade
Water RequirementLow to moderate
Propagation MethodsSeed, division
Conservation StatusNot threatened
UsesNative gardens, pollinator gardens, borders, naturalized areas

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